Snow and ice in forecast for western Montana

Rob Chaney

A weather system with “a lot of moving parts” should bring lots more snow to western Montana on Thursday.

“We’re looking at deep snow most areas through Thursday morning, with pockets of icy conditions Thursday and Friday, while mountains continue to get lots of snow,” National Weather Service meteorologist Trent Smith said on Wednesday. “Our mountains are looking to get anywhere from 2 to 4 feet (of snow).”

A mass of cold air moving south and west out of the Canadian plains was expected to come pouring over mountain passes Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, bringing many areas down to zero or sub-zero wind chills east of the Continental Divide, according to National Weather Service forecasts.

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Meanwhile, a subtropical atmospheric river from the Pacific Ocean has been pushing east across Idaho into Montana and will cause a rapid increase in snow accumulations through Thursday and Friday. In the Missoula vicinity, that could total 5 to 9 inches on Thursday. The Bitterroot

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