Weather Glacier National Park & Western Montana


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Montana's Weather: Four Distinct Seasons

We're just going to lay it out there. Our weather is a tad bit dramatic—but in the best way possible. Montana's Glacier Country, and our regional community anchors like Kalispell, Missoula and Whitefish, experiences diverse weather conditions ranging from winter snowfalls of 300+ inches (in the mountains) to long summer days, often followed by a beautiful and mild fall, complete with vibrant hues of yellow and gold as our leaves change colors.

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How to Dress/What to Pack

Winter: Old Man Winter loves Montana and blesses us each year with plentiful snowfall, perfect for laying a base for skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers and snow-shoers. If you're planning on spending time outdoors, be sure to dress warm and layer clothing to create a warm shell. Always travel with snow boots, hats, gloves, scarves and a warm winter coat.

Summer: Montanans love summer. Our days are long and light and warm daytime hours turn to comfortable summer evenings. Our advice: keep a lightweight sweatshirt or jacket on hand for when the temperatures drop in the evening.

Always be sure to carry proper bug repellant, sunscreen and water to keep you as comfortable as possible while enjoying all Montana has to offer.

Current Weather in Missoula and Kalispell

Winter Travel

Most highways throughout Montana are open during the winter months. However, it is best to be prepared when traveling our roads as winter travel conditions and storms often change quickly.

A few tips from Montana snowplow drivers:

  • Visibility: see and be seen. Be sure to keep your headlights and taillights clean. Keep windows clean and clear snow off your vehicle before traveling.
  • Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and those around you. Drive defensively and test your vehicle's traction on the road.
  • Give yourself extra time to travel during winter. Be sure to drive at appropriate speeds for current road conditions and always pass with care.
  • Leave the cruise control off for winter driving. It can accelerate your vehicle when you hit a patch of ice or slippery bridge deck.

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Weather in Western Montana & Glacier National Park

Western Montana's Glacier Country

News from Glacier National Park: Currently miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

Bird Woman Falls

An icon in Glacier National Park, Bird Woman Falls is a glistening 492-foot-high waterfall that cascades down the side of Mt. Oberlin. From West Glacier, travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Bird Woman Falls Overlook, located on the west side of the Continental Divide.

Trail of the Cedars

This short boardwalk trail (ADA accessible) takes visitors through an old growth cedar forest. It’s also the beginning of the Avalanche Lake Trail (just over two miles long) that leads to Avalanche Lake—one of the most popular day hikes in Glacier National Park. Trail of the Cedars is located about five and a half miles north of Lake McDonald Lodge.

Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road

If your time in Glacier National Park is limited, one must-see attraction is the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This 50-mile long road takes travelers between St. Mary and West Glacier through the heart of the park, crossing the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. There are numerous pullouts along the road, ideal for taking photographs and enjoying the scenery.

See a Glacier

As you’re traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road, pull over at Jackson Glacier Overlook (located east of Logan Pass). The overlook offers the best opportunity to see a glacier from the road.

Many Glacier Valley

Home to incredible mountains, active glaciers, abundant wildlife and miles of hiking trails, Many Glacier is located in the northeast section of Glacier National Park. Trails leave from this valley in numerous directions, with popular hiking destinations including Iceberg Lake, Grinnell Lake and Ptarmigan Tunnel.

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