Montana Daily Snow

Snow this Weekend for Both Sides of the Divide –


A few Pacific weather systems will brush the Treasure State Saturday and Sunday that could bring up to 8” across Northwest Montana with 3-5” across the Southwest by Sunday evening.


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Short Term Forecast

West of the Divide:

A few pulses of murky warm moisture will create widespread snow showers Thursday night above roughly 5000’ with maybe an inch of wet snow in a line from Lookout Pass to Whitefish. The next chance of measurable snow looks to start on Saturday and through the day on Sunday. This storm will start off warm with snow levels around 5000’ Saturday before lowering to around 3500’ Sunday. Snow will be heaviest across the NW areas with storm totals by Sunday evening around 4-6” at Whitefish. Areas along I-90 will see a slightly less 2-4” with just 1-3” to the south at Lost Trail and Discovery.

East of the Divide:

Friday will pretty much be a repeat of Thursday with widespread blue skies, above average temps but with a few more clouds mixed in. Above average early December daytime temps will continue Saturday with partly sunny skies making way for increasing clouds by Saturday evening. Saturday night, snow showers will start with maybe 1-2” overnight at Big Sky, Bridger and Great Divide. Sunday looks to be a snowy day at these same places with colder temps and 3-5” likely by last chair. Red Lodge will also see snow but with lighter amounts of 1-3” possible.

Extended Forecast

West of the Divide:

Good news next week with a return of a NW flow Monday through mid-week that will bring cold air and numerous snow showers each day. Nothing organized on the long-term forecast but models are hinting at a low-pressure system possibly affecting the region Thursday into Friday next week.  

East of the Divide:

Precipitation retreats Monday through Thursday but a NW flow will deliver a few snow showers through the period along with slightly colder temps. We’ll look for another Pacific low-pressure system towards the end of next week but we’re still too far out to have a predictable storm track on this one.


Whitefish Mountain ResortOPENS Friday, December 6thfor the season! Skiing will mainly be on the backside (chair 7) but downloading will be necessary on Chair 1 to get back to the base.  Limited terrain on Chair 3 and T-Bar 2 will also be open.

Discovery BasinOPENS Saturday, December 7th. Lower mountain.


Backcountry Reports:

 West Central Montana Avalanche Center 

Flathead Avalanche Center

Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center:



Montana Ski Areas/Resorts & Geographical References  

WEST of the Divide: 


Whitefish Mountain Resort -


Blacktail Mountain –


Turner Mountain –


Lookout Pass (MT/ID)  -


Montana Snowbowl –


Discovery Basin –


Lost Trail Powder Mountain –


EAST of the Divide:


Big Sky Resort – 


Bridger Bowl - 


Red Lodge Mountain -


Great Divide -


Showdown –


Maverick Mountain –

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