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STORMTracker Weather Blog

Feb 9, 2014 1:08 AM by Meteorologist Matt Jones

Turning much warmer but staying active

The large scale weather pattern is changing across the west and this means warmer days ahead for Montana but also some heavy rain and snow for some areas.

Right now, a strong jet stream is aimed at the West Coast bringing copious amounts of Pacific moisture onshore.

Heavy rain and very heavy mountain snow are expected along the coast from Californina to Washington through the next week and some of this moisture will be making it's way into Montana.

Take a look at the GFS precipitation forecast over the next seven days. It shows the Cascades of Washington and Oregon picking up close to 10" of liquid-equivalent precipitation while the mountains of western Montana see 1-2" of liquid equating to 1-3 feet of snow!

Typically in this type of weather pattern, the plains of north central Montana experience mild and windy conditions while areas along and west of the Divide see plenty of rain and snow and this is exactly what we'll see for much of next week.

With a series of disturbances moving through, there could be a few rain or snow showers across the plains at any given time but the big weather story for us will be the much warmer temperatures.

In fact, by next week, many locations will be about 10-15 degrees above average!

Have a great night!

Meteorologist Matt Jones

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