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Montana Daily Snow

Cold Front/Warm Front/Cold Front + Moisture = Northern Rockies in January


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West of the Divide:

Snow showers keep the light snow and cold temps in the forecast through Saturday morning before effects of the SW flow revamp to warmer temps and moderate wet snow by Saturday afternoon with snow levels rising to near 5000’. Lookout is still looking in best position but snow levels on Saturday afternoon could encroach on their base elevation. Snow….2-4” overnight in the NW areas with 1-2” south of I-90. Saturday will see 3-6” at Lookout and north with Whitefish in the upper reaches possibly as it should stay coldest until the warm front takes over on early Sunday AM. Sunday – warm temps, wet snow, fog and another several wet inches for NW and West Central areas. Monday a lull in the weather then things get serious Tuesday – Thursday with a very moist cold front that models seems to be excited about. Stay tuned.


East of the Divide:

Below seasonal cold temps will be present and preserve the snow nicely overnight Friday before overriding moisture from the west increases snow shower activity by Saturday morning. Expect intermittent light snow all day Saturday in the SW mountains with continued cold temps with 2-5” likely at Big Sky and slightly less at Bridger. Showers continue Saturday night with maybe an additional inch or two. Sunday morning, look for the next wave coming over the Divide with the effects of the warm front rising temps across the SW mountains as well as activating increased snow showers with 2-4” possible at Big Sky and a bit less at Maverick Mountain further south. Cloudy Monday then things change Tuesday – Friday with a strong cold front and an active NW flow. I’ll do my best to keep you all updated on how next week pans out…

FYI - You can check out my detailed previous long-term forecast with some cool graphics and nice local pow action shots by clicking on my "Previous Daily Snow" at the bottom of this page. Do it! 


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Geography Key :

 WEST of the Continental Divide

Montana Snowbowl, Discovery Basin, Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Lookout Pass, Whitefish Mountain Resort, Blacktail Mountain, Turner Mountain


EAST of the Continental Divide

Big Sky Resort, Bridger Bowl, Red Lodge Mountain, Maverick Mountain, Great Divide, Showdown

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