National Weather Service issues Winter Weather Advisory for Saturday night

Saturday Snow: Region transitions from near-record warmth to a winter storm watch

An active period of weather is ahead with rain and wind, then the chance for lowland snow, all to be followed by the coldest air of the winter thus far.

The National Weather Service is predicting a major winter storm with heavy snow and strong winds to hammer northwest Montana, which will also affect the Missoula area. We bracket the hours of 1 pm to 12 am with light rain developing and mixing to wet snow then ending as drizzle and/or a light wintry mix around 12 am. Low visibility and hard travel conditions are possible from Saturday evening through Sunday morning. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday: A chance of rain and snow.

-Snow Character: Because temperatures are going to be close to the freezing mark during Saturday night's winter storm, any snow is likely to be heavy and wet.

Now it looks like Billings will only see a little over 5 inches of snow out of this entire storm, although Livingston could see over 13 inches. Flooding concerning with warm temperatures, melting snow and rain will have to be monitored. Skies will remain partly sunny, with a high near 36. Winds could gust as high as 31 miles per hour.

West Michigan will take a break from the snow to end the weekend with more sunshine as temperatures continue to increase. It will be points north and west where we will have the greatest risk for snow-covered roads and slippery spots into Sunday morning (especially with temperatures dropping below freezing). Basically, the mountains for this event will see the snow measured not in inches, but in feet. The low will be about 16 degrees with a 70 percent chance for snow and northwesterly winds up to about 17 miles per hour.

Monday, Presidents Day, will have a 60 percent chance of precipitation, with rain and thunderstorms likely, the weather service said.

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