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Much colder air, snow coming later this week

Posted: Jan 30, 2018 4:34 PM Updated:

Forget the 40s and 50s because Montana will struggle to get out of the single digits in the days ahead.

The STORMTracker Weather Team is tracking much colder air and snow on the way to the Treasure State just in time for the weekend.

Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be chilly days with highs in the 20s and 30s.

Scattered snow showers are possible across the state, but significant accumulation is not expected.

That all changes later this week as an upper level trough of low pressure moves into the region, allowing much colder air to move in.

Most of the state will experience a brief warm-up on Friday with highs jumping into the 40s in some cities.

As moisture increases, a rain-snow mix is expected to develop on Friday.

A cold front is predicted to sweep down out of Canada by late Friday, allowing frigid air to dive south into Montana.

Temperatures are expected to drop to near 0° for Saturday and any rain will change over to snow.

Multiple storm systems are then expected to impact the Northern Rockies through the weekend and into next week, each bringing more snow.

Meteorologist Mike Rawlins says it's too early to pinpoint exact snow amounts, but some areas could receive more than a foot of snow by the middle of next week.

Anyone traveling or planning to recreate over the weekend should watch for updated forecasts.

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