Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
214 PM MDT Mon May 16 2022

...ACCUMULATING SNOW ACROSS GLACIER PARK REGION WEDNESDAY THROUGH
FRIDAY, IMPACTING AREA TRAVEL...

.DISCUSSION...

Showers and thunderstorms will develop across portions of north
central Idaho and southwest Montana through sunset this evening,
with skies partially clearing for the remainder of tonight. Wind
gusts to 30 mph will be present through dark this evening as well.

Relatively dry conditions will be present across the Northern
Rockies tonight through midday Wednesday, as weak high pressure
develops overhead. Anticipate temperatures warming to near the
seasonal average, with afternoon wind gusts re-intensifying to
near 30 mph (particularly across northwest Montana). Boaters on
Flathead should be prepared for increased wave activity throughout
Tuesday.

Midday Wednesday through Friday, a relatively cold trough of low
pressure is projected to move over the Northern Rockies,
increasing chances of middle and high elevation snow for the
Glacier Park Region. Those visiting Glacier Park during the latter
part of this week should be prepare for accumulating snow even at
low elevations of Going To The Sun Road. Nearby backcountry
Forest Service roads may become impassible with snow accumulation
5-10 inches above 5000 feet (12-18 inches over high peaks along
Continental Divide), accompanied by wind gusts to 30 mph. Even
travelers over Marias Pass on Highway 2 should watch for brief
snow covered roads, particularly Thursday morning and Friday
morning. The probability for wind gusts over 39 mph is high on
Thursday along the Continental Divide and also in several valleys
of west-central Montana. With that in mind, area lakes could
experience choppy enough conditions to be hazardous for small
craft.

A cool and showery northwest flow will remain over the Northern
Rockies during the upcoming weekend, however temperatures could
be much warmer than the Wednesday-Friday period.

There is a 70 percent chance that warm high pressure will return
to the Northern Rockies by early next week, however most models
and their ensembles suggest that we will see a maximum of 2 days
(or fewer) before yet another storm system moves across the
region. Persistence forecast continues to rule this Spring.

&&

.AVIATION...

Showers and thunderstorms will develop across portions of north
central Idaho and southwest Montana, including between KSMN and
KBTM. Wind gusts 20-30 kts will be common across Northern Rockies
airspace through 17/0300Z. The area near KBTM has a less than 10
percent probability of winds exceeding 50 kts through 17/0300Z.
Outside of the area of showers and thunderstorms, anticipate
sparse terrain obscurations for the rest of today. Ceilings will
increase and cloud cover decrease after 17/0300Z, as relatively
dry air moves over the region. Wind gusts will redevelop (20-30
kts) after 17/1800Z for much of the Northern Rockies.

&&

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

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