Winter weather returns this weekend; it could include light ice

Winter weather returns this weekend; it could include light ice

Another round of cold temperatures and freezing rain or snow is expected in the region this weekend, according to the National Weather Service station in Springfield.

So far, this season appears to be following in the footsteps (not foot prints) of last winter, which only yielded 3.4 inches of snow.

Saturday night - A chance of snow and freezing drizzle before 10 p.m., then a chance of snow.

It will take a little while for the cold front to make it all the way through the River Valley, so the freezing drizzle/light freezing rain won't take place until late Saturday night along I-40.

Snow will likely begin shortly after daybreak Thursday, and will quickly become steady with some moderate bursts.

Accumulations are anyone's guess at this point.

Two to three inches of snow are expected in the Billings, Hardin, Columbus and Red Lodge areas, while southeastern Montana could receive one to two inches. Much of tomorrow should be dry, but cloudy, with highs in the upper 40s. The National Weather Service expects light amounts, but falling temperatures may lead to a glaze on our roadways.

Highs will be in the 30s Sunday. Temperatures will start to warm quickly next week with 40s on Monday, 50s on Tuesday, and 60s returning for Valentine's Day!

Wednesday: Partly sunny with a high near 48.

Sunday's low is expected to reach 2 and snow accumulations are forecast from 6 to 10 inches with some areas receiving up to a foot.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for areas along and north of the interstate where temperatures will fall into below freezing.



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