Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:11 AM by Meteorologist Matt Elwell
Updated: Nov 13, 2012 10:12 AM
While most of Southwest Montana deals with relatively quiet conditions with hit-and-miss snow showers expected Tuesday night into Wednesday, heavier snow is expected across the mountain in Central Idaho and Western Montana.
Directly impacted will be Lolo and Lookout passes which are expected to see 3 to 5 inches of additional snowfall before it is all said and done, leaving snow-packed or icy roadways. We've included some 9 AM pass camera shots for Lookout and Lolo passes, which already look slick and messy. Other concerns will be the possibility of freezing rain and icing conditions as daytime temperatures begin to warm. If you have plans to travel across passes in Western Montana, please check out the STORMTracker Travel Watch link at kbzk.com and kzlf.com.
Closer to home, you can expect to see temperatures warming at or above freezing for daytime highs for your Tuesday afternoon. With clouds building for the evening, we should see overnight fall between upper teens and low twenties overnight. Light now chance will pick up near Butte early Wednesday, although less than a half an inch is expected.
Those of you looking for a thaw, you are in luck! A mild warming trend will take hold for the late week and weekend as our daytime highs are expected to range between 40° and 50° into the weekend.