Posted: Sep 27, 2013 2:27 PM by Meteorologist Mike Heard
Updated: Sep 27, 2013 2:27 PM
An impressive weather system is now in the Gulf of Alaska dropping out of the Bering Sea. This storm system was a typhoon in the western pacific (was called "Pabuk"), it did not make landfall but grazed Japan and made a hard turn to the NE where the polar jet stream lifted it into northern latitudes and now it has migrated back across the pacific ocean. This storm has a tremendous amount of moisture and will pound the west coast of British Columbia and the Pacific NW with flooding rains.
NWS Missoula is projecting heavy rainfall to impact the NW areas of Montana by Sunday night with 1"-3" of rain and possibly life threatening heavy snow over the mountains especially near Glacier National Park. Forecast models are lifting this storm up and over SW Montana so for now it should bypass our region, however, we need to keep a very close watch on this system this weekend and early next week for any changes on storm direction.