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Major pattern change will bring rain and snow this week

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It's what we've all been waiting for: significant relief from the hot, dry conditions plaguing Montana.

And, it's coming later this week.

The STORMTracker Weather Team is tracking a major pattern change that will bring significantly cooler air, rain, and even snow to the Treasure State.

Those changes are expected to begin on Wednesday as a cold front moves across the state.

That front will allow cooler air to move into the region, dropping temperatures to near average.

Then, a potent upper level low is expected to swing through the Northern Rockies on Thursday, producing widespread rain.

STORMTracker meteorologist Mike Rawlins says this is the best news Montana has gotten in months.

"Things have gotten pretty desperate here in Montana, so this storm is extremely welcome news, especially for firefighters that are battling the numerous fires across our state," says Rawlins.

Even colder air is expected to arrive with the upper low, and the rain will change to snow at higher elevations.

Rawlins says this storm has the potential to bring 1-3" of rain to the state with several inches of snow in the mountains.

For continuous weather updates, download the free STORMTracker Weather App to your smartphone or tablet.

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