A few scattered showers under westerly flow will be expected today and tonight, though snow amounts will remain fairly light. By Sunday into Monday, additional scattered snow showers and cooler temperatures will be likely across the area. Drier and warmer weather will move over Tuesday and Wednesday under developing high pressure.
Snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches above 5500 feet are expected today across southern Clearwater/Bitterroot, Flint Creek and Anaconda Ranges. Considering the relatively warm temperatures during the main snow event, a lot of compaction is anticipated. Some transport of snow by wind is possible toward northeast facing slopes, but realistically confined to above 7500 feet.
Another shot of minor accumulations across the Northern Rockies is possible on Sunday and Monday. Otherwise, temperatures will continue to warm above freezing each afternoon for most elevations for the next week.
Aside from the relatively dry periods of Sunday and Tuesday, high elevations snow showers will be present for much of the next week. Despite the high likelihood of snow, accumulations per event will be only up to several inches in a given day. Daytime temperatures will warm well above freezing each day, with overnight temperatures barely cooling to below freezing for some locations. Afternoon winds will become breezy at times,particularly this afternoon and Monday afternoon.
A ridge of high pressure will dominate the region today through much of Friday. By Friday afternoon another weather disturbance will move through the region impacting the region with precipitation through Saturday morning. A couple of inches of snow are expected with snow levels lowering to 4000-4500 feet. Some higher elevations may receive up to 6 inches of snow.
A warm and wet weather system will continue into tonight with rain totals of 1 to 2 inches common in north central Idaho and northwest Montana. West central Montana will see lesser amounts. A cold front late this afternoon into the evening hours will bring gusty winds, a few thunderstorms, and quickly drop snow levels. Cool and drier weather is anticipated for Sunday.
The cold front will be through the region this morning and lower snow levels, gusty winds, and decreasing precipitation chances will be left in its wake. The best chances for any appreciable snow accumulations will be in the Beaverhead/Deerlodge and mainly this morning. A brief drier period remains forecast for tonight and Friday. Friday and Saturday will see warming temperatures and precipitation arrives Friday night with quickly rising snow levels.
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