The concern for heavy rain and snow continues in the West. Blizzard Warnings are in effect around Glacier National Park in Montana, with Winter Storm Warnings in the Sierra, Cascades, Bitterroots, and Tetons. Flash Flood Warnings continue from California to Washington.
Ice has been a problem as well, with portions of I-90 and Highway 2 in Montana closed due to icy conditions, strong wind, and area of snow.
— NWS Missoula (@NWSMissoula) February 9, 2017
A rich feed of moisture continues from the Pacific Ocean, as seen on water vapor satellite imagery. 3″ to 6″ of rainfall is possible near the coast, with 1 to 2 feet of snow for the mountains into the weekend. Strong wind gusts above 50 mph are likely, especially in mountain peaks and passes.
Another surge of moisture will hit the West as a cold front makes it way slowly eastward tonight into Friday morning. The rain and snow will be more scattered, but could become heavy at times.
On Friday, the front will continue to push to the east, spreading rain and snow to the Front Range. A weaker, secondary trough will keep scattered areas of rain and snow going further west, closer the coast.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels