First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

There will be two more days of below normal temperatures across western Montana, then a warming trend will finally bring much more typical weather for this time of the year.

Valley inversions will continue west of the divide with stratus clouds and fog around Missoula and Kalispell.   Clear to partly cloudy Tuesday night around the Butte and Bozeman areas.  Lows below zero in Butte to the single digits above zero in Bozeman and Missoula with 10 in Kalispell.

A wave of Pacific moisture will move through the region Wednesday.  It will bring some patchy very light flurries, snow or freezing drizzle.  The moisture will be insignificant, yet may pose a problem for travelers with slick roadways.  Highs in the 20s to around 30.

This will be a sign of things to come as arctic air erodes and is replaced by a westerly Pacific flow.  There will be a slight chance of snow and rain Thursday with a better chance on Friday.  Highs will be in the 20s in Missoula and Kalispell Thursday to the mid 30s to lower 40s in Butte and Bozeman.  As all inversions are gone by Friday, highs will warm into the mid 30s to lower 40s area wide.

Highs will be near to even above normal by the weekend with most highs in the 30s to lower 40s.

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