Monday Morning Forecast: Snow expected for New Year's Day

Posted at 8:50 AM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 10:50:30-05

Today's Forecast:
Temperatures will remain cool for your Monday as your temperatures climb into the middle and upper 20s under mostly sunny skies. Winds will remain light out of the south between 5-10 mph.

BOZEMAN: High: 29; Low: 11. Mainly sunny skies with chilly temperatures for the afternoon. Look for a few clouds to move in overnight.

BUTTE: High: 28; Low: 8. Cool and sunny for the afternoon with a light south wind between 5-10 mph.

DILLON: High: 26; Low: 9. Chilly sunshine with a light breeze

WEST YELLOWSTONE: High: 20; Low: -10. Extremely cold start to the day with temperatures slowly climbing to near 20 degrees. Overnight temperatures will once again fall back below zero.

We are tracking a system that is expected to bring snow and wind to the area as we head into Tuesday night and Wednesday. Winter Storm Watches have been issued for Gallatin, Madison and Beaverhead counties from 5 PM Tuesday through 11 PM Wednesday. Areas above 7000 feet could receive 5”-12” while lower elevations are expecting 2”-6” with gusty winds near 35 mph.

The system moving in is expected to bring plenty of moisture to southwest Montana starting Tuesday afternoon through Friday. The current run of models have most valleys picking up between 0.5” and 2.0” of snow with a few outlying models bringing as much as 4 inches. The areas that are most significantly impacted are high peaks in southern Gallatin, Madison, and Beaverhead counties and mountain passes. Gusty wind and low visibility are likely to impact travel overnight on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

There are several chances of light snow Thursday and Friday and then again starting Sunday into Monday.