First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY through Saturday for the Flathead and Mission Valleys, including Kalispell and Polson.  Very light rain, freezing and snow are possible creating slick roadways.  Up to one inch of snow is possible.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for most passes across western Montana and the West Yellowstone area for Friday night and Saturday.  3 to 10 inches of snow are possible in these areas.

A wave of Pacific moisture will bring a continued chance of very light rain, freezing rain and snow across mainly northwest Montana today.  Cloudy elsewhere. Milder air will warm highs above freezing to the 30s to lower 40s.

We are tracking a strong Pacific cold front that will enter the region late tonight and Saturday.  Widespread valley rain and mountain snow will develop.  Snow may be heavy at the passes.  Highs Saturday in the upper 30s to lower 40s.  It appears most of the rain will occur prior to the big game in Missoula Saturday afternoon.

Behind the front, snow levels will drop back to the valley floors Saturday night and Sunday with a few flurries and snow showers.  Highs will drop to the low to mid 30s.  A chance of snow next week with highs falling back to the 20s to lower 30s.

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Mark Heyka

Mark Heyka received a B.A. in broadcast journalism from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

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Brooke Foster

Brooke Foster joined the NBC Montana team in March of 2006.

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Matt Gray

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