A RED FLAG WARNING and a HIGH WIND WARNING have been issued for parts of Montana for Wednesday.  Out ahead of the front, warm temperatures and a strong west wind will move throughout the state.  Highs will be in the 60s and 70s, and west winds could gust higher than 65mph.  Wind this strong could produce damage to trees and branches, and a few power outages are possible.  This strong wind will also increase the fire danger.  Gusty wind, low humidity, and a sharp wind shift late in the day will all create dangerous fire weather conditions.  A strong cold front will drop out of Canada late in the evening, switching the wind around from the west to the north.  The strongest gusts are also likely along this front.  Some rain showers will mix with and change to snow overnight.  Temperatures will drop some 30-50 degrees from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning.  Most of Montana will feel the chill of 20s by Thursday morning.  Some slick spots are possible on the roads, but really only a coating up to a couple inches of snow will accumulate in the mountains.  This front is more about the wind, fire danger, and temperature tumble than it is about snow.  Thursday will start out blustery with clouds and a few snow showers that will clear through the day.  Highs will be in the 30s and 40s.  Friday will warm up again with highs back into the 50s, and partly cloudy skies.  Saturday will be a beautiful fall day with highs in the 60s and 70s, and mostly sunny skies.  Sunday, another cold front will move through bringing colder air and snow late in the day.  Temperatures will go from the 40s and 50s Sunday afternoon to the 10s and 20s by Monday morning.  Right now, Halloween looks dry but should be cold with temperatures in the 20s and 30s.

Curtis Grevenitz

Chief Meteorologist

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