A big change in the weather is coming this week. Several major arctic fronts will be moving into northwestern Montana starting Wednesday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jen Kitzmiller.

“We’re going to have a series of fronts that will bring some snow to the Missoula area,” said Kitzmiller. “The heaviest snow will be heading to northwest Montana, so people in the Flathead Valley, up towards Lobby, Troy, Eureka and near West Glacier, they’ll have significant snowfall amounts on Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Following the snow, Kitzmiller says there will be much colder temperatures moving into the area.

“The first push will be highs in the low 20’s and lows into the low teens,” she added. “But, then we’ll get a second reinforcing burst by the weekend , and that’s when we’re expecting bitterly cold temperatures, where we may see highs in the single digits and lows down below zero.”

Kitzmiller said the weather will be fairly dry, but bitterly cold next week.