Southwest flow continues over the Northern Rockies and is anticipated to remain through at least Tuesday. Several weak disturbances transverse the region in this flow pattern. The first
feature will move in later today causing an increase in shower activity especially across north central Idaho up into northwest Montana. The precipitation diminishes overnight tonight. The second feature is anticipated Sunday afternoon and evening. A more robust system is expected Monday night into Tuesday.
A surge of tropical moisture is making its way through the Northern Rockies today causing widespread precipitation. Snow levels will remain fairly high during the day then drop tonight as a weak cold front moves through the region. The mountains across north central Idaho into west central Montana will receive the heaviest amount of moisture from this event. An active weather pattern will persist over the Northern Rockies through at least mid next week.
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Cooler temperature have moved into the region which has created unstable atmospheric conditions and snow showers. Increased westerly winds have also developed and look to increase through mid morning before decreasing for the rest of the day. Snow showers are forecast to decrease through the day so accumulations will mainly be limited to this morning. Cold temperatures will settle in at all elevations for Sunday morning with valley inversions set to develop. Warmer air will begin to move into the terrain on Monday.
Widespread snow is in the process of transitioning over to rain and freezing rain today, especially for elevations below 5000 to 6000 feet. Northwest Montana will be the last to turn over, and some locations may hold on to the colder air for longer that would prevent a rain transition from ever occurring. Southwest winds will be on the rise today as this warm and wet system slides in, and mountain ridges could see gusts over 40-50 mph at times today through Friday.
A relatively cooler air mass will start to usher in tonight/early Friday, dropping snow levels back down to 3000-4000 feet throughout the day Friday. Snow and rain showers will persist in the cooler air mass on Friday, and the unstable profile combined with westerly winds could aid in prolonged shower development.
Additional colder air will move into the area Friday night into early Saturday, lowering snow levels to valley floors. Some light snow showers will linger in this cool, northwest flow.
Impressive snowfall amounts have already been reported across western Montana and north central Idaho Friday. Additional light to moderate snow will occur today into Sunday, with another round of prolonged intense heavy snow Sunday night through Monday. In fact, several feet of snow is still expected for the terrain along the Idaho/Montana border, including the Clearwaters, Bitterroots, and the Kootenai, as well as northwest Montana mountain ranges. The Whitefish, Glacier, JFS Canyon region, Mission, and Swan mountains will be hit continuously with heavy, dense snow during this time. Snowfall rates of 2 inches an hour will be common. In addition, increasing north to northeast winds will occur, causing further degradation of conditions.
Our confidence remains very high in the snowfall amounts being forecast now through Monday. Confidence is moderate-to-high that blizzard conditions are going to be a real concern Sunday night through Monday in northwest Montana, making backcountry conditions impassible.
Steve supports Betsy DeVos because she shares his commitment to increasing local control of our schools with policies that originate with the parents, teachers and administrators who are closest to the classroom. Any implication otherwise is both false and an insult to the people of Montana.
I know a little something about soft money, as my family is the largest single contributor of soft money to the national Republican Party. Occasionally a wayward reporter will try to make the charge that we are giving this money to get something in return, or that we must be purchasing influence in some way.That last sentence, clearly, was intended to be sarcastic. Twenty years later, critics are taking it literally.
In fact, shortly after this summer's historic budget agreement, some on the left began shopping a rumor that President Clinton was planning to line-item veto a provision that, they hypothesized, had been somehow sneaked into the agreement to benefit my family's company, the Amway Corporation.
For a moment, the Democrats got very excited, believing they had an opportunity to claim that we bought access. It was all hogwash, and upon being confronted with the facts, they had to scrap their plan.
I have decided, however, to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect some things in return.
We expect to foster a conservative governing philosophy consisting of limited government and respect for traditional American virtues. We expect a return on our investment; we expect a good and honest government. Furthermore, we expect the Republican Party to use the money to promote these policies, and yes, to win elections.
People like us must surely be stopped.
Additional snow accumulations will be possible in the southern Bitterroot range and into the Clearwater mountains of central Idaho through the day today. Very cold temperatures will linger today through Friday across the entire Northern Rockies, with any remaining blustery winds diminishing today.
The big story coming up will be the very wet Friday through Monday period expected to heavily impact backcountry conditions. Snow levels will rise from valley floors to about 6500 feet across west central Montana and central Idaho, with slightly lower snow levels existing across northwest Montana. A transition to rain or a sloppy rain/snow mix is likely up to 6500 feet as a result, particularly Saturday through Monday. The heaviest precipitation (up to 1.25 inches of water equivalent) will occur in central Idaho mountains and northward into the Kootenai/Cabinet, Whitefish/Glacier, Mission/Swan regions. More details to come in future backcountry forecasts.
That pisses me off ! Sold down the river. If that isn't confirmation that worship…
If charges get filed, some folks might be "inde" thick of it.
It wasn't vandalized, just repainted in expressive new colors ;-}