Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
338 AM MDT FRI OCT 24 2014

...STRONG WINDS TO AFFECT CENTRAL IDAHO SATURDAY...
...COLD FRONT TO BRING SNOW TO PASSES SUNDAY AND
SUNDAY NIGHT...

.DISCUSSION...Few impacts today under mostly cloudy skies with
light rain showers as a weak warm front moves north across central
Idaho and western Montana today.

Saturday a short lived ridge builds over western Montana causing
nice weather for Saturday. Meanwhile a deep trough digging off the
west coast will cause southwest winds to pick up in central Idaho.
Strong winds Saturday along highway 95 from Riggins to
Grangeville, and across the Camas Prairie will frequently gust
over 40 mph through the afternoon and evening.

Sunday the next cold front arrives causing snow levels to drop to
around 4,000 to 5,000 feet by Sunday evening. Two to six inches of
snow are possible over Lost Trail, Lolo, Lookout, Skalkaho, and
Marias passes by Monday morning.

Models are starting to come into agreement for the middle of next
week with another moist system for the mountains. However, a warm
front with this system will cause the snow levels to quickly rise
to around 7,000 feet or above, so it will have much less of an
impact for travel.

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.AVIATION...A warm front will move south to north across the
Northern Rockies today. The only expected impacts at area
terminals are lower ceilings with light rain and mountain
obscurations. KSMN will be affected this morning with terminals
KMSO and KGPI being affected this afternoon and evening.





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.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...None.
ID...None.
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