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POSTED: 2:08 PM Jan 12 2012   UPDATED: 1:33 PM Jan 13 2012

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Matt Halttunen and Mara Helland

First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

Several waves of moisture will impact the region today through Monday. The first will move into the area by mid-day. Valley rain and mountain snow will overspread the region. Lookout, Lolo, Lost Trail, and Marias passes will see a slushy 1 to 4 inches of snow. Today's high temperatures will be in the 30s.

A break from the wet weather is expected early Saturday, but showers return by late Saturday night.  Pass travel will be impacted this weekend. Lookout, Lolo, Lost Trail, and Marias passes could see an accumulation of 4 to 8 inches of snow by Sunday. Outside of the precipitation, skies will be mostly cloudy.  Highs will be in the 30s and 40s by Sunday and Monday.

Periodic valley rain and mountain snow will be possible Tuesday and Christmas Eve of next week.  By Christmas Eve, the weather models are suggesting that an arctic front will bring much colder air to the area.  During the transition there will be a chance of snow along with gusty winds.  Highs will drop to the upper 20s and 30s Christmas Eve to the 20s Christmas Day.

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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.

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Weather Watchers Bios

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Alan Young

As a native of the Washington portion of the Pacific Northwest, Montana has always held a certain allure.

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Amanda Hodges

I?m a retired school teacher and have lived here since I retired at age 55.

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Betsy Rieffenberger

I was raised in Ohio and attended Miami University and Ohio State University

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Bill Meadows

I'm third generation on our ranch on Little Beaver Creek at Whitepine

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Chris Gotschalk

I have been interested in weather for ever. As an oceanographer and boat captain

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Dave and Laurie

We have lived in Montana since 2005. Dave has been interested in weather every since he took flying lessons many years ago.

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Deb Peltier

I was born and raised in Western Montana; have lived in this area all of my life.

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Dennis DeVivo

Dillon, MT I am a 68 year old semi-retired pilot/flight instructor and airplane mechanic.

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Glen Helms

I have lived in Montana for 70 years in the Eureka area.

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Greg Harbac

Age 58 Born: Miles City, MT Grades: 1 ? 12 Miles City, MT

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Janet Olson

Originally from Massachusetts and more recently, California,

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Jay and Shirley Bridgewater

Born in South Holland, Illinois on the South Side of Chicago ? Northwest Indiana.

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Jeff Aresty

I live near the Summit Lake divide, midway between Seeley Lake and Condon.

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Jim Malone

I am pleased to be a weather watcher for the West Glacier area.

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Joni Finney

I have lived in Montana since 1993 and in Evaro since 1995.

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Lorie Phelps

I have lived in Montana for 15 years this April, I was born and raised in California.

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Merri Pasquinzo

I am a retired Educational Interpreter For The Deaf.

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Matt Halttunen and Mara Helland

Matt is a 4th generation Montanan who grew up in the Bonner area.

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Nansi Cisneros

I was born and raised in Hollywood, California. Went to college as an Animal Husbandry major

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Paulette Holman

We live at Chimney Peaks up the Hoover Creek Drainage above Drummond

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Rick Hook

I have been in Libby for a little longer than two years.

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Roger Jenkins

I am a retired scientist (analytical chemistry) who, while my first hike in Montana

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Shane Arnott

I have always had an interest in the natural world and have enjoyed all types of outside activities.

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Shirley Gunter

Hi! I'm Shirley Gunter, 2nd grade teacher at Kila School, a small K-8 school southwest of Kalispell.

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Stephanie Smith

I was born in ID and grew up all over MT; from Spotted Bear to Hamilton to Bozeman.

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Todd Johnson

I went to school at the U of M in the mid 70s and lived in a log cabin out on the Blackfoot River.

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Yvonne Frick

I am a native to this beautiful Big Hole Valley. I was raised on our family ranch in Jackson.

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Anonymous

I grew up on SE Montana on a cattle ranch along the Powder River