There’s a winter storm headed towards western Montana, and it’s expected to begin with a cold front Saturday night.
Jenn Kitsmiller, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, says Sunday night and Monday morning will be of notable concern.
“It’s a very strong cold front coming through, so we’ll see rapid change in temperatures during this timeframe,” Kitsmiller said. “Moderate to heavy mountain pass-level snow will continue, but now we’ll also be seeing snow in the valleys.”
Kitsmiller’s estimates for Sunday night range from one to two inches in Butte, up to 12-18 inches on Marias Pass near Glacier National Park.
Kitsmiller says Tuesday and Wednesday could be among the coldest points of this storm.
“We’ll be looking at highs in the teens, and even in the single digits up across northwest Montana on Tuesday, and valley temperatures by Wednesday morning in a lot of locations could be down into the single digits, even below zero,” Kitsmiller said.
Kitsmiller says by Thursday she expects temperatures to slowly moderate into the following weekend, but says snow is still possible in the valleys and mountains.