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Series of weather disturbance to move through area this week

National Weather Service-Missoula is forecasting a series of weather disturbances will make their way through the Northern Rockies during the next couple of days and the first has already begun in northwest Montana.

It will intensify and move south Monday evening. The second feature late Monday evening into Tuesday morning will increase the snowfall intensity. Another wetter and stronger system is expected to impact the Northern Rockies Wednesday and Thursday.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the Northern and Southern Clearwater Mountains, Orofino/Grangeville region, Lower Clark Fork region and the Bitterroot/Sapphire Mountains now through 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Snow will redevelop and intensify by Tuesday morning. Hazardous driving conditions will develop due to low visibilities and snow packed roads. Snow accumulations of one to three inches are expected over the Camas Prairie with four to six inches over Greer Grade, according to NWS-Missoula.

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the mountain areas from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.

Snow accumulations from Monday through Thursday of 6 to 10 inches are expected in the upper valleys with Lookout and Lolo passes receiving 2 to 3 feet. Locations of impact for the Winter Storm Watch include: Elk River, State Highway 11 Pierce to Headquarters, Pierce, U.S. Highway 12 Lowell to Lolo Pass, Lolo Pass, Dixie, Elk City, Evaro Hill, Highway 200 Thompson Falls to Plains, Highway 200 Trout Creek to Heron, I-90 Lookout Pass to Haugan, Highway 93 Sula to Lost Trail Pass.

Orofino-elevation 1,040 feet

Orofino is expected to get rain Monday night with a low around 33 degrees and a south southwest wind around 6 miles per hour.

Tuesday more rain with a high near 41 degrees and a chance of precipitation at 90 percent. Tuesday night, rain is forecast with a low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Wednesday, more rain is forecast with a high near 43 degrees and south southwest wind 6 to 15 mph, gusting up to 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Pierce-elevation 3,241 feet

Pierce is expected to get snow Monday night with total nighttime accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. The low will be around 27 degrees and chance of precipitation at 90 percent.

Tuesday, snow is forecast before 10 a.m., then rain and snow with a high near 37 degrees. With the chance of precipitation at 90 percent, new snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches is possible. Tuesday night, rain and snow is forecast with a low around 31 degrees. The rain could be heavy at times. Though the chance of precipitation is 100 percent, little or no snow accumulation is expected.

Wednesday, rain is expected before 4 p.m., then rain and snow with a high near 39 degrees. The rain could be heavy at times. East wind from 8 to 14 mph, becoming west southwest in the morning is forecast. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible.

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Orofino, ID 83544
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