Winter is on its way, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Missoula.
An arctic cold front will bring snow and single-digit temperatures to the Flathead Valley on Sunday night and Monday, according to meteorologist Darren Van Cleave, and it could be awhile before the mercury moves back up.
“It’s going to be abnormally cold for the foreseeable future,” Van Cleave said. “This is a weather pattern you would normally see in December.”
Van Cleave said several inches of snow could fall in the Flathead Valley on Sunday evening and Monday morning and that stiff winds will be coming out of Bad Rock Canyon in Columbia Falls. He said that storm front will be a preview of an even stronger one that will hit on Tuesday night. Additional snow is possible later in the week. He said single-digit temperatures were likely in the Kalispell area and that with the wind chill it could feel like 10 or 20 degrees below zero.
Van Cleave said if people have any outdoor activities they want to complete in the coming weeks, this weekend will be the time to do it.