Helenans may want to consider their snow shoveling strategy for Sunday as another significant storm is set to dump up to 10 inches of snow in the Helena Valley Sunday through Monday.
Cold low-level air will combine with moist air off the Pacific Ocean to produce heavy snow across western Montana, said Paul Nutter, forecaster for the National Weather Service in Great Falls.
The Helena Valley should see six to 10 inches and the mountains south of Helena could see up to 18 inches, Nutter said. Travel should be impacted, particularly for folks traveling west and north.
A winter storm warning is in effect from Sunday at 6 a.m. through Monday at 5 p.m.
“Helena is right in the middle of this snow band,” he said.
The storm will usher in some cold weather, but not quite as drastic as the area has seen previously this winter. High temperatures in Helena Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will be about 15 and lows will be about zero, he said.
“We’re not going to break any cold records but it is lower than average for temperatures,” Nutter said.
The outlook for the week is to be dry after Monday with a gradual warming trend before a possibility of cooler temperatures and more snow next Sunday.
Though it might seem like we’re inching toward spring, in most places in this part of the state March is the snowiest month, as typically more moisture moves into the northern Rocky Mountains, Nutter said.