Winter weather alerts remain in place through midnight around Yellowstone Park, including the Absaroka and Beartooth mountains. Anyone planning to hit the backcountry this weekend in these areas should expect several inches of fresh snow and increased avalanche risk.
Elsewhere, a few hours of clear skies Friday night will lead to temperatures around freezing with higher elevations in the 20s early Saturday morning. Afternoon highs will reach the 50s, with upper 50s in southwest Montana and low 50s north of Missoula.
Clouds will fill back in during Saturday afternoon. A few showers will be possible during the afternoon and evening, but mostly in the mountains. The best chance for rain Saturday will be around Kalispell. These are nuisance showers and aren't worth modifying your weekend plans.
We get another calm period Sunday morning before more showers come in Sunday night. Once again, Kalispell has the best chance for some precipitation. Snow levels will begin to fall Sunday night and will impact mountain passes in the region.
Monday will see colder weather and more showers with highs dropping to the upper 30s to mid 40s. Pass snowfall will remain an issue into Monday night.
A strong mass of warm, stable air will sit across the area Tuesday through Thursday. We could see some of the warmest temperatures so far this season. Many areas have a chance to get above 60 degrees.
Friday into next weekend shifts back to our well-established pattern of storms every few days or so with more valley rain.