Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Missoula, MT

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FXUS65 KMSO 282013

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
213 PM MDT THU APR 28 2016

.DISCUSSION...Light mountain snow showers along the Continental
Divide will continue the rest of today into Friday, thanks to the
cold weather system moving from east to west. Showers will briefly
cover road surfaces over mountain passes (including MacDonald and
Homestake passes) and briefly reduce visibility at times, so
those traveling over mountain passes crossing over the Divide
should take heed of snow related travel impacts through Friday.

Precipitation will become widespread through the day Friday across
the breadth of the Northern Rockies, with a more focused area of
mountain snow and valley rainfall centered over the Panhandle of
Idaho and the remainder of north central Idaho. While most
everyone across Idaho and western Montana will see rain through
Saturday, the best chances will be in the aforementioned areas, in
addition to the Bitterroot valley and east towards Butte. Up to
0.50" of rainfall is possible between late Friday afternoon and

Conditions will then begin to slowly but surely improve by Sunday,
as high pressure will then become the dominant feature impacting
weather across much of the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain
West. Expect warming temperatures and dry conditions to persist
through at least the middle of next week.


.AVIATION...Light snow showers will occasionally reduce visibility
at KBTM until around 28/2100-2200Z this afternoon and early
evening. Ceilings will also lower in the more moderate showers.
These mountain snow showers can also be expected to be present all
along the Continental Divide for the rest of this afternoon. KMSO,
KGPI, and KSMN will continue to have easterly winds until around
sunset this evening, along with vicinity mountain showers.



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