MISSOULA – A cold front brings scattered rain showers and gusty winds to western Montana on Tuesday.
These showers will begin in the morning and continue into the afternoon. The heaviest rains will fall along the Montana/Idaho border. These locations could see rainfall amounts between 0.10″ and 0.25″. Rainfall amounts drop rapidly as you head east. Areas along and east of the Flathead, Mission, Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys will generally see 0.10″ or less. Expect wind gusts around 25-35 mph on Tuesday, with the strongest winds coming in the ‘afternoon.
Aside from a few light snow showers in the mountains, Wednesday will be dry and cool with highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s.
A low pressure system brings rain and snow Thursday and Friday. Models show that this system is much cooler and wetter.
Final details have mountain snow showers and valley rain showers beginning Thursday afternoon in southwestern Montana then moving into west central and northwestern Montana Thursday evening. Snow will fall in the mountains with even some snow mixing in the valleys from Thursday evening to Friday morning. Right now, west central and southwestern Montana have the best chance of seeing snow in the valley with this system.
Rain and snow showers persist Friday with much cooler temperatures with highs only in the 40 to 50 degree range.