Weather conditions are on track to take a turn for the worst as snow and cold returns to the state.
A significant amount of Pacific moisture will move into the area and meet up with Arctic air from Canada on Friday.
These incoming weather elements will kick off snow and some wind mid morning on Friday. The snow is expected to increase in strength throughout the day and last through Saturday.
North Central Montana will see the greatest snow totals and have the possibility of up to two feet in the mountains. The Great Falls area is expected to see 8 to 12 inches through Saturday. Helena should see between 5 to 8 inches.
A few pockets of heavier snow are likely along Interstate 15 from Great Falls to Helena. The snow is expected to stick around most of the day Saturday.
Temperatures will be the coldest on Sunday with a few light lingering flurries.
Next week is shaping up to remain chilly with temperatures well below average.
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