A cold front moving through the state will bring big changes to wind and temperatures.  A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect for central and eastern Montana through this evening.  A HIGH WIND WARNING will expire through this evening as the front moves south.  Ahead of the front, temperatures have been warm and winds have been out of the southwest.  This cold front is creating a dramatic wind shift and drop in temperatures.  West winds are switching around to the north and gusting as high as 60mph along the front.  After the front passes, temperatures will drop through the 40s and 30s, and humidity will rise putting an end to the fire danger for now.  Rain showers will mix with and change to snow overnight.  Although only a light accumulation is likely, with temperatures falling quickly into to the 20s, a few icy spots will develop on the roads.  Thursday will start out mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers and temperatures only in the 20s.  By afternoon, temperatures will rise into the 30s and 40s with increasing sunshine.  Friday, another warmup is on the way with temperatures rebounding into the 50s under partly cloudy skies.  This weekend will start out warm and sunny but end on a chilly note.  Saturday will be bluebird and warm with highs in the 60s and 70s.  Sunday will be mostly cloudy with some scattered snow showers as a cold front moves through.  Highs will be in the 30s and 40s.  While Monday looks cold, Halloween on Tuesday will likely have a brief warm-up into the 50s.  West winds in the evening could impact those trick o’ treaters.

Have a great day!

Curtis Grevenitz

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