Posted: Nov 20, 2012 8:19 AM by Chrissy Kohler - StormTracker Weather Center
Updated: Nov 20, 2012 9:10 AM
MISSOULA - We've got some wacky weather on the way today to kick off the holiday travel season. But it's good news because if you're hitting the road today travel conditions will be okay, whereas tomorrow, things will get a bit more messy.
Today will be a very warm one with our morning lows in the 40s and low 50s and through the day, we'll warm into the upper 40s to mid 50s. The warm air has pushed our snow levels above pass level. So while we're expecting scattered showers through the day, the travel impacts will be minimal because we're not expecting snow over any of our roads.
Tomorrow will be a different story. A cold front will move through the Northern Rockies, dropping snow levels back down below pass level. In fact, we could see as switch to snow as early as tonight with our temperatures falling into the upper 30s to low 40s by morning. Wednesday's highs will be in the low to mid 40s.
A good chance for showers is in the forecast for Wednesday, which of course, is one of the busiest travel days of the year. Again, road travel will be impacted by accumulating snow over the passes. The valleys will see wet roads as scattered rain continues through the day. So, if you can get a head start on travel today, you'll be much better off.
Air travel should be great once you get out of Missoula as everywhere else in the country, aside from the Pacific Northwest, is seeing dry conditions and lots of sunshine. Connections in Denver, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis are looking good today and tomorrow. If you're heading to Washington or Oregon, the rain is going to continue for the next several days.
Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday we're going to dry out but also cool down. Both days, we're looking at mostly cloudy skies. But our highs on Turkey Day are going to fall into the upper 30s to low 40s, which is actually more typical for this time of year. Overnight lows heading into Black Friday will be in the 20s so bundle up as you head out to the stores!