Happy March 1st! Today is the first day of meteorological spring! The official start of spring is only weeks away!
Compared to last weeks frigid temperatures, we've been seeing temperatures right around freezing this week. These temperatures are still below average for this time of year. With yesterday, February 28th, the recorded high temperature was 35 degrees in Helena, the month ended being the 16th coldest winter on record for Helena.
The STORMTracker weather team says this is expected to be the warmest day of the week with another day filled with a mixture of sun and clouds! Temperatures will be in the mid to upper thirties in central Montana, while staying in the upper twenties in the northern and northeastern counties.
Clouds and snow in the higher elevations is expected to increase throughout the day and into tonight ahead of a Pacific low pressure system that will bring in the next weathermaker for the weekend.
Snow amounts are expected to be light, with heavier amounts expected along the Rocky Mountain Front as well as in southwest Montana. Since temperatures are expected to be hovering right around freezing, we could see rain mixing in with the snow in some areas.
Saturday morning will start off with some lingering snow showers possible in the morning but making way for abundant sunshine in the afternoon.
We can see some more snow possible throughout the day on Sunday but right now models are in disagreement, so the STORMTracker weather team will continue monitoring this. Frigid air moving in as well for Sunday for temperatures dropping down into the low twenties.
Temperatures to start off next week will rise once again to the low to mid thirties in Helena.