A HIGH WIND WATCH has been issued for most of north central Montana for Friday, Friday night, into Saturday.  Strong west winds could gust higher than 50mph in the watch area.  Stronger wind up to 70mph is possible just off the Rocky Mountain Front.  More power outages are possible along the Hi-Line, where branches and trees are already weakened from the snowstorm.  Powerful winds could bring these branches and trees down, so please be careful.  Until then, enjoy the clear skies for the Full Harvest Moon tonight.  It’s a rare Harvest Moon that falls in October this year.  The Harvest Moon is the first full moon after the autumnal equinox.  Friday will be a mostly sunny, warmer, and windy day.  Highs will climb into the 50s and 60s.  West wind will increase through the day, with most locations seeing gusts higher than 30mph.  There will be those windier spots where the gusts top 50mph.  Saturday, a cold front will move through the state with partly to mostly cloudy skies, a few showers and higher elevation snow showers, cooler temperatures in the 40s and 50s, and continued strong wind with gusts between 30-50mph.  Saturday will not be the most pleasant day to be outside.  Sunday will be a mostly cloudy, chilly day with mixed rain and snow in western and central Montana.  The mountains could receive a couple inches of snow, but this will not be a big storm.  Highs will only be in the 30s and 40s, 20s in the mountains.  Next week, another chinook will warm temperatures back into the 50s and 60s.  By next weekend, another colder snap with a chance of snow is possible.

Have a great day!

Curtis Grevenitz

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