Rain and thunderstorms return to the Northwest with the most widespread activity occurring this weekend into early next week.
A handful of severe storms will be possible on Friday across much of Montana and eastern North Dakota which may produce large hail and damaging winds.
Rain amounts are generally expected to be between 1 and 2 inches with locally higher amounts as high as 6 inches east of the Cascade Mountains as well as in central Montana.
This rain will be very beneficial as much of the region remains locked in drought conditions.
The National Weather Service said sufficient cold air is expected to arrive by Saturday night and Sunday with locally heavy snowfall for portions of the northern Rockies, and some higher peaks of northwest Wyoming, southwest Montana and central Idaho. The Tetons, Absoroka and Sawtooth mountains may see 1 to 2 feet of snowfall to round out the weekend.