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Marty Whitmore

Marty Whitmore is the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Missoula.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

Marty Whitmore, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Missoula, joined MTPR's Michael Marsolek to give a big-picture view of the recent weather patterns impacting Montana.

Whitmore explains the differences between weather watches, weather alerts and weather warnings, and talks about how the National Weather Service works.

A road closed sign in a flooded Missoula neighborhood, May 12, 2018.
Inciweb

Flooding continues to be a concern on rivers and streams across western and central Montana. In Missoula, evacuation orders are still in place for 65 homes, with warnings posted for an additional 2,200 more. But there’s at least a glimmer of good news for the Clark Fork River above Missoula.

U.S. Winter Outlook for temperature and precipitation.
NOAA

Montana could be in for another colder and wetter-than-normal winter. That’s according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s winter outlook issued Thursday.

Nothing's written in stone at this point, but experts say it looks like La Niña could, like it did last year, influence Montana’s winter weather.

Widespread valley snow is possible late Friday into Saturday (Christmas Eve). Roads will generally be slick across all of western Montana and central Idaho during this timeframe, which could make for difficult holiday travel.
National Weather Service Missoula

An incoming weather system is expected to bring some fresh snow into Montana this long holiday weekend.

Missoula National Weather Service meteorologist Marty Whitmore says it will push through in a couple of different surges:

Marty Whitmore is the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Missoula.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

With the first big winter storm of the season headed to western Montana, Marty Whitmore, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Missoula joins Michael Marsolek to talk weather. Whitmore previews the incoming storm, explains what those weather zones (pictured above) mean , and talks about why western Montana is one of the most challenging places to forecast in the country.