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Winter woes: days of snow, cold air coming to Montana

Posted: Jan 31, 2018 4:22 PM Updated:

Story Highlights

  • Multiple storms will bring snow to Montana in the next week
  • Significant snow is expected, which could make driving difficult
  • Warmer air could change the snow to rain in some places

Battle zone

STORMTracker meteorologist Mike Rawlins says Montana will be in the "battle zone" over the next several days.

A ridge of high pressure in the Pacific Ocean will help push mild air into western Montana. To the east, a deep trough of low pressure will send very cold air down out of Canada, slicing across eastern Montana.

Where the two air masses meet up, snow is expected to develop and significant accumulation is possible.

Multiple days of snow

Big Sky Country won't get hit with a foot of snow overnight-- it'll take several days of snow and multiple storm systems to add it all up.

The first round of snow is expected on Thursday night into Friday, and warmer air nudging in from the west could result in a rain-snow mix across central Montana.

Another round of snow is predicted to develop on Saturday across central-eastern Montana.

Rawlins says once all is said and done by the middle of next week, some places will easily record more than a foot of fresh snow.

Montana's mountains will certainly benefit, too. The higher terrain could pick up nearly two feet of powder in the next seven days.

This prolonged winter event will certainly cause major impacts to travelers, so you're urged to check back frequently for forecast updates from the STORMTracker Weather Team.

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