A HIGH WIND WARNING will continue into early Wednesday morning.  Wind has been very strong and is increasing as a cold front approaches.  As the front passes after midnight, the wind will begin to ease up briefly through Wednesday morning.  Wednesday will be mostly cloudy in western Montana and mostly sunny farther east.  Strong wind will once again develop up to 40mph for the northern prairies and Hi-Line, but the valleys of western Montana including Helena will not see much wind.  Highs will be slightly cooler in the 60s.  Thursday will be another windy day for the plains, Hi-Line, and higher elevations while the valleys will not see much wind.  Highs will be very warm, in the 70s for most towns.  Friday, a strong cold front will move through the state with strong wind for everyone.  Rain showers will accompany the front, and snow levels could drop to below 5000′.  Several inches of snow are possible above 6000′ in the mountains along and west of the Continental Divide.  Highs will be much cooler in the 40s and 50s in the western half of the state behind the front, but warm into the 60s and 70s ahead of the front in eastern Montana.  This weekend looks rather cloudy, windy, with a few periods of rain and snow.  Moisture will increase Saturday afternoon and evening from the west.  Snow levels should be above 6000′.  Another surge of moisture is likely on Sunday, but this pattern favors west of the Continental Divide.  There will be some showers and higher elevation snow east of the Divide, but just not as much.  Most of next week looks like high pressure will bring warmer temperatures and drier conditions again.

Have a good day,

Curtis Grevenitz

Chief Meteorologist

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