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Ryan Leach

Weather story for Feb. 4, 2020.
National Weather Service Missoula

Western Montana’s winter is a paradox this year. On the one hand it’s been a season of near-record warmth. On the other, mountain snowpack currently ranges from normal to slightly above normal.

Winter, meanwhile, is about to throw another twist our way.

National Weather Service

Parts of Montana are about to get a winter blast the likes of which hasn’t been seen in over a decade. Northwest Montana could get intense snowfall, but everyone can expect drastically colder temperatures for the foreseeable future.

A prolonged period of strong winds will affect western Montana, and to a lesser extent north central Idaho, beginning late Tuesday night and lasting through Wednesday.
National Weather Service Missoula

Winter weather is rolling into Montana this evening. Montana is sitting smack dab in-between two developing weather systems. How it will affect you depends on where you are and where you’re traveling this holiday week.

A three-month precipitation outlook forecasts a slighter wetter than average summer for Western Montana.
National Weather Service

Western Montana’s extended climate outlook calls for a typically warm summer and maybe more rain than normal.

That from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center which has issued its 90-day outlook.

The National Weather Service in Missoula reports a series of snowy weather systems will shift into the region this weekend.
National Weather Service Missoula

Winter refuses to loosen its grip on western Montana. The National Weather Service in Missoula reports a series of snowy weather systems will shift into the region this weekend.

Meteorologist Ryan Leach says only a few scattered snow showers are forecast for late Friday through Saturday. That’s expected to dramatically change starting Sunday.

Be prepared for difficult travel conditions as roads become slick and visibility is reduced.
National Weather Service Missoula

The first part of this week’s wintery weather forecast brought record snowfall to parts of northwest Montana. Round two starts late Thursday night.

This time, west-central Montana is expected to bear the brunt of this new incoming weather system.