First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

Thanksgiving in Western Montana will be largely uneventful. The same cannot be said about the days to follow.

Moisture from the Pacific continues to move over Northwest Montana and will keep rain in the forecast today. Missoula could see a shower or two; but most of the moisture should stay to the north. Butte and Bozeman should expect partly to mostly cloudy skies with an isolated mountain sprinkle.

Another strong push of rain starting Thursday night will brings showers as far south as Butte and the southern Bitterroot Valley by Friday morning. Highs Thursday and Friday will reach the low 40s west of the divide and upper 40s in Southwest Montana.

An arctic front will cross the divide in Glacier Park late Friday and bring snow back to the Kalispell area. The front will rush southward overnight and reach Southwest Montana by Saturday evening. Rain followed by snow, windy and much colder conditions are expected Saturday; just in time for playoff football games in Missoula and Bozeman. Plan for cold temperatures and travel difficulties this weekend.

The cold air sticks around with single digit lows and overnight subzero wind chill values for the rest of the weekend.

Matt Gray Watch Meteorologist Matt Gray weekend nights on the NEWS AT 5 and 10. More Details.


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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.