A major wind event over the next few days will create hazardous conditions.  A RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for much of central Montana on Tuesday because of high winds and low humidity.  A HIGH WIND WARNING is in effect for the Rocky Mountain Front as gusts could approach 90mph! Most of north central Montana is under a HIGH WIND WARNING for Tuesday as well, with sustained wind between 20-50mph and some gusts over 60mph for areas including Great Falls, Havre, and Lewistown.  Powerful wind will create tree, branch, and property damage.  Driving will be difficult, especially on I-15.  The wind will seem relentless on Tuesday, but at least temperatures will be warm again in the 60s and 70s.  Wind will really increase through the afternoon and evening, as a cold front comes through the state.  This front will not bring much cooler weather or any real rain or snow, just wind.  Wednesday will be a partly to mostly cloudy day, with consistent wind between 15-40mph for much of the area.  The wind won’t be as strong, but it will still be very noticeable.  Highs Wednesday will be in the 50s and 60s.  Thursday, temperatures will warm again into the 60s and 70s.  Southwest wind will strengthen and additional high wind warnings may be issued.  Friday, a cold front will come through the state with (you guessed it) more wind.  Some showers and mountain snow showers will accompany the front, but there will not be a lot of either.  This weekend will be cooler but the wind continues.  Skies will be mostly cloudy, and wet weather is likely west of the Continental Divide.  Snow will also fly in the mountains along and west of the Divide.

Curtis Grevenitz