Missoula National Weather Service

National Weather Service headquarters in Missoula, Montana.
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A blast of arctic air is barreling down on the Northern Rockies. Some snow and blowing snow is in the forecast, but meteorologist Alex Lukinbeal says the system’s biggest threat comes in the form of bitter cold temperatures.

Wintertime El Niño Pattern

Odds are that Montana’s winter will be marked by at or below normal snowpack and above-normal temperatures.

That’s according to the Missoula National Weather Service, which released its winter weather outlook Monday.