A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for areas of central and western Montana into early Tuesday morning.
Happy Presidents' Day! Many people may have been happy with the warmer air finally moving into the state. It still is cold with temperatures in the 0s and 10s, but at least that's above 0. Light snow will fly in the western and central areas into the night and taper off some through Tuesday morning. Snow showers will continue on Tuesday, but mainly in the mountains. Highs will range from the 0s and 10s for most of northern and eastern Montana, to the 10s and 20s in the central and western areas. Another round of snow will move through Tuesday night and Wednesday. An additional light accumulation up to 1-2" is possible in the lower elevations with the mountains seeing up to 3-6". Afternoon snow showers could be particularly heavy over the mountains. Wednesday night will be cold again with many areas dropping to near zero or below. Thursday will be a pleasant winter's day with partly cloudy skies and highs in the 10s and 20s. A weak system will spread more snow showers (mainly in the mountains) later Friday and Friday night. This weekend will be much different than last. Highs will be in the 30s and low 40s with much stronger wind. Blowing snow could become a travel issue. While Saturday afternoon will have some good sunshine, Sunday will be mostly cloudy with mountain snow showers. Monday will be relatively warm with highs in the 40s across most of the state. Montana is not finished with sub-zero cold just yet. Later next week there is another surge or arctic air that will likely drop temperatures yet again down below zero. However, the cold air will not stick around for as long this time.