Friday’s front created a significant temperature drop from yesterday’s 70s and 80s.  A HIGH WIND WATCH has been issued for northern Montana for Sunday.  The storm that literally blew through the state today with rain, snow and a lot of wind will clear tonight.  Saturday will start out sunny, but clouds will quickly increase across western Montana.  Eastern Montana will have a mostly sunny day.  Everyone will be blustery and chilly with highs in the 40s and 50s, 20s and 30s in the mountains.  Some snow will start to increase in the mountains near and west of the Continental Divide by late in the afternoon.  Sunday will be a mild and windy day, with a few showers coming down east of the Divide.  West of the Divide will be very wet, with snow levels rising to around 7000′.  Strong west winds could gust higher than 55mph across north central Montana through Sunday.  Power outages and tree damage is possible in this area.  Monday and Tuesday will clear out and warm up, but a very strong front will drop out of Canada on Wednesday.  This front will likely drop temperatures from the 70s Tuesday down into the 10s by Wednesday night.  Snow and icy conditions are likely to be widespread, including the valleys and the plains.  This might be a good time to get the snow tires on!

Have a great weekend!

Curtis Grevenitz