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Tanner Day, age 11, De Borgia

Good Wednesday morning, western Montana! The National Weather Service's Christmas Eve forecast calls for afternoon rain showers in the valleys and high temperatures of 37 degrees.

Then will come the snow.

The Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 8 a.m. Christmas Eve until 11 a.m. Christmas Day, in effect across all of western Montana.

"A storm system will bring a variety of wintry weather to the region," according to the advisory. "Mountain passes are expected to experience all snow with this event, while mainly valleys will initially see rain or a rain and snow mix. Snow levels will quickly fall Wednesday afternoon and evening, leading to a switch-over to all snow for nearly all locations. Snow will become showery and decrease on Christmas morning."

Valleys can expect 1-3 inches of snow, with more in the mountains. Roads will be slippery, with travel conditions hazardous in some areas.

Here is the Weather Service's daily forecast for Christmas and beyond.

Christmas Day: Snow likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 30. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday: A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 31.

Saturday Night: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 25.

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Sunday: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 30.

Sunday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 17.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5.

Tuesday: A slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 21.

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Editor Sherry Devlin can be reached at 523-5250 or at sdevlin@missoulian.com.

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