National Weather Service

Widespread heavy rain showers are rolling through Montana Monday evening. They are expected to intensify through the week, meaning rivers and streams will soon be on the rise.

Steady rain and driving rain storms will be the predominant weather throughout the northern Rockies this week, according to National Weather Service-Missoula hydrologist Ray Nicolas.

The spring weather that brought Montana plenty of sunshine and afternoon highs in the upper 60s this week is about to be replaced with something very different. National Weather Service Meteorologist Travis Booth says a blast of wintery weather moves into Montana tonight.

Porcupine prescribed burn Custer Gallatin National Forest 2018.
Courtesy of Custer Gallatin National Forest

Land managers are taking advantage of cool, wet conditions to intentionally burn areas they think could help reduce wildland fire risk to certain communities. This season the Bureau of Land Management is planning multiple prescribed burns in north central Montana.

A map shows the areas covered by a high winds warning and watch.
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Most of Montana will be bracing for strong, gusty winds, warm temperatures and heightened fire danger Friday and Saturday but National Weather Service forecasters say this is just a typical Montana winter.

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A Montana Air National Guardsman was one of three Americans who died in a large air tanker crash while fighting brush fires in Australia earlier this week. 

An organization that runs warming centers for people experiencing homelessness in Bozeman and Livingston says it needs thousands of dollars in community donations, or they may have to close their doors during winter.

Western Montana’s weather forecast for the rest of this holiday work week can be summarized with three words: ‘sloppy’, ‘messy’ and ‘tricky’.

Another round of snow is in store for southern Montana and north-central Wyoming today and tonight. Snow will spread from north to south through the day, with falling temperatures due to a strong Canadian cold front.
National Weather Service Billings

It is snowing across Montana and that will impact the commute both Monday night and Tuesday morning for western, central and south central regions of the state.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and weather advisories this afternoon through noon Tuesday with anticipated heavy snow, low visibility and quickly changing road conditions. Snow accumulations could be up to 10 inches in some areas.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of Montana October 9 through 10.
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is predicting the heaviest snow will fall Wednesday morning, just in time for the morning commute and when children will be heading off to school.

Caption - Map of weather warning from National Weather Service on October 7th, 2019.
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The countdown has begun to a blast of snow, cold temperatures and strong winds coming out of Alberta headed for Montana and northern Wyoming. Warm, sunny weather will linger for another day before the snowfall.