Posted: Nov 14, 2012 9:45 AM by Meteorologist Matt Elwell
Updated: Nov 14, 2012 9:58 AM
The National Weather Service out of Great Falls issued winter weather advisories for Madison and Gallatin counties through 6 PM this evening. Areas around Targhee Pass, Raynolds Pass and West Yellowstone can expect to see periods of moderate snow in the afternoon that could bring 1-3 inches of new snow in the area. The main concern will be travel conditions with snow covering roads and visibility limited below one mile during the heaviest snow showers. Snow is likely to be heaviest during the afternoon and early evening and taper off as the evening wears on. If your plans take you to this area, use caution when traveling.
If your weekend plans include the outdoors, it looks like a nice warm-up is on the way. Temperatures around the region should be on the rise as we head to the end of the week and through the weekend. Most weather models show a modest warm-up leaving highs in the low-to-middle 40's with 50's not out of the question. Weather conditions look fair with partial sunshine for Saturday and most of your Sunday.
The trend gets a little more muddled as we head toward Sunday night and early next week. While we don't see any major snow chances in the early week, our models do show a weak system working through the northwest to begin the week. Early predictions show that we could see rain and snow showers. We will be monitoring how much cold air gets infused into the system, which could bring our snow chances and snow amounts up early next week.
Your Thanksgiving holiday still looks to be fairly quiet weather-wise, although a moderately strong weather system will be following your Thanksgiving holiday closely. Western Montana looks to be dealing with snow by Friday, with the system advancing into central and eastern Montana on Saturday. We will continue to follow these storms and bring you the latest.