Happy Friday the 13th!

Scattered snow showers and squalls (briefly intense snow showers) will continue this evening.  Roads could become snow covered over the mountain passes, and the lower elevations could have areas of black ice as wet roads freeze up tonight.  Low temperatures for everyone will drop into the 10s and 20s, well below freezing.  So if roads were wet at times today, they could get icy tonight.  The mountains will accumulate a coating up to a few inches of snow.  This storm will depart Saturday, with increasing sunshine.  However, the weather will be very unpleasant at times with chilly temperatures and a powerful wind.  Highs will be in the 40s and 50s, 30s in the mountains.  That west wind will blow between 20-40mph for a lot of Big Sky Country.  The normally windier spots off the Rocky Mountain Front will have gusts up to and possibly exceeding 60mph.  That’s a strong wind.  Sunday, the wind will continue its intensity but temperatures will be warmer.  Highs will climb into the 50s and 60s, BUT there will be that wind for the plains and off the Rocky Mountain Front.  The valleys of western Montana will start to see the wind ease up.  Early next week, skies will be mostly sunny with temperatures up in the 50s, 60s, and even a few 70s.  However, the wind will remain strong across the prairies of north central Montana.  The western valleys, including the Helena Valley, will have much lighter wind.  Warm, windy, and mainly sunny skies will continue until Wednesday.

Have a great weekend!

Curtis Grevenitz

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