First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

Travelers looking to do some driving in the short term should be in great shape.  Missoula and Kalispell are in for mostly cloudy, but mostly dry skies on Tuesday.  Butte and Bozeman will see a bit more sunshine.  I'll call it partly cloudy in southwest Montana.

The potential is still high for a white Christmas across the Treasure State.  This approaching storm system will start off as rain on Christmas Eve in northwest Montana.  Eventually it will change to all snow and become widespread by Wednesday night.  Christmas Day looks to keep the snow showers around, making for a perfect day for rolling up a snowman.

Snowfall totals in the valleys shape up like this.  Missoula and Kalispell are in for 1 to 4 inches of snow.  Hamilton and Butte are staring at 2 to 5 inches of snow.  Bozeman and Dillon will see the most with a spread of 3 to 6 inches of snow.

Ski resorts should be smiling with their gift.  Mountain passes are in for 6 to 12 inches of fresh powder!

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Mark Heyka

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Matt joined the NBC Montana weather team in July 2013 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in meteorology.