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Friday
Nov042011

Snow moves into Western MT

MT DOT camera shows snow as evening fell Friday at Lolo Pass(MISSOULA)- It's far from a major storm. But people living in Western Montana will get a refresher on winter weather overnight as cold air and snow move into the region.

Areas in Northwest Montana, and all along the Bitterroot Divide are experiencing light snow showers this evening down into the valley elevations. Heavier snow snowers are covering the trees and ground at the higher elevation passes. Lookout Pass, Lolo Pass and Lost Trail Pass are all covered with snow, although roadways remained bare and wet by early evening. 

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for parts of the region, and especially the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains about 6500 feet, where several inches of snow are expected to fall by Sunday morning. Snow will also extend from Idaho's Lemhi Valley across the Divide, bringing snow to the Big Hole and the Anaconda-Pintler Range.

Forecasters are only expecting a light dusting of snow to perhaps two or three inches in some areas of Northwest Montana in the Lower Clark Valley and Kootenai regions. But generally snow is expected to only last overnight, with partly sunny skies Saturday and a lingering threat of snow showers in some areas.

Sunday
Oct302011

Snow starting to stack up at ski areas, more to come

Phil Edholm picture(LOOKOUT PASS)- We’re still a ways from strapping on the skis or riding the snowboards, but the colder weather and precipitation is starting to turn things whiter at Montana ski resorts.

And there’s a lot more where that came from.

The combination of precipitation and colder weather at the higher elevations has started the gradual accumulation of snow that will eventually translate into the 2011-2012 ski season. Locations like Lookout Pass have seen several inches fall in storms over the past week. Warmer temps over the weekend melted off most of that snow, but operators report they’re facilities are all ready for the opening of ski season just a few weeks from now. Lookout is scheduled to open on November 19th and several of the resorts plan to have initial operations going in time for the Thanksgiving weekend, weather permitting.

The next shot of snow coming in later this week could start building the winter snow pack for good. Mountain snow levels are expected to drop as low as 4000 feet and that will give Lookout, Whitefish Mountain and other slopes a very good chance of some significant snowfall. 

Monday
Oct242011

Bit of snow in the mountain forecast

(MISSOULA)- The high country of Western Montana is expected to receive a light hit of snow over the next 24-hours, as cold weather moves into the region.

However, forecasters say any accumulated snow should be short-lived.

Cold weather pushing into the Northern Rockies Monday night will bring the threat of snow to Northwest Montana and the mountains of Central Idaho overnight. That means passes along the border such as Lookout and Lost Trail, as well over the Divide at Marias pass could see some light snow. However, the roads themselves are expected to remain bare and wet as the front passes through.

The National Weather Service says colder weather does mean the threat of very light snow down to some of the higher valley locations. However, because most of the moisture is passing through ahead of the temperature drop, no significant snowfall is expected. That means some areas could see a dusting of wet snow early Tuesday morning.

However, the chance of snow is more significant for the mountains of Central and Southwest Montana, where NWS has issued a hazardous weather outlook for as much as 3-to-6 inches of snow at the higher pass elevations. Forecasters say places like Helena, Dillon and the Gallatin Valley could see up to a half inch of snow into Tuesday morning. 

Friday
Sep022011

Big turnaround coming for high country weather

Tom Lacerte photos(GLACIER NAT’L PARK)- We always joke about the “if-you-don’t-like-the-weather-wait-for-the-change” aspect of Montana’s environment. But if you need proof that the old adage is true, you just need to spend some time at Logan Pass this week.

The high country in Glacier National Park, and south along the Divide into the Bob Marshall wilderness is performing a classic, hot, then cold, then hot encore this week.

Temperatures in the high country were well into the 80s at the start of the week, before a cold front swept through the Northern Rockies dropping several inches of snow on elevations above 6500 feet. Visitors to Logan Pass like Tom Lacerte of Kalispell who snapped this photos, were greeted with a sudden dose of December, or at least late fall.

Much of the snow had melted by afternoon as temperatures climbed back into the mid to upper 40s, but it was cold again overnight. Some locations were down in the lower 30s.

However, not to worry if you’d hoped to get some summer at Logan Pass before summer is officially over. The National Weather Service is forecasting a very solid return to high country summer over the Labor Day weekend. Saturday should bring temperatures near 70 at Logan Pass, near 80-degrees Sunday and Monday and into the low 80s on Tuesday.

Valley locations will be in the upper 70s Saturday and into the mid and upper 80s for the rest of the weekend.

In fact, the only problem in the forecast is the chance for strong winds across the Divide Friday afternoon. Gusts could push to 40mph as the weather changes.

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