Hurricane force wind gusts have already blown today near East Glacier.  A HIGH WIND WARNING remains in effect for most of northcentral Montana into Tuesday morning.  A HIGH WIND WATCH has been issued for northeast Montana until Tuesday evening.  A strong cold front will move through the state tonight and Tuesday with wind being the primary weather factor.  Gusts for most locations could top 40mph, with some gusts off the Rocky Mountain Front possibly up near 80mph.  Tuesday will be windy throughout the state, with the wind’s intensity easing up late in the day.  Snow showers will develop over the western mountains, but it will generally be dry east of the Continental Divide.  Highs will be in the 30s and 40s, 20s in the mountains.  Wednesday will be mostly cloudy, with hopefully a few breaks in the clouds early in the morning for the lunar eclipse that peaks around 6:30am.  Highs later in the day will be in the 20s and 30s, with increasing clouds and some spotty light snow developing later in the day.  Thursday will be mostly cloudy with highs in the 20s and 30s, except northeast Montana where arctic air will begin to spill down from Canada.  Friday will start out mild with highs in the 30s and 40s, but a strong front will move through late in the day with snow becoming widespread and heavy.  Temperatures will drop below 0 for much of northcentral and eastern Montana by Friday night.  Snow will continue Saturday with highs in the 0s and 10s for most of the state, but northeast Montana will likely stay below 0 for highs.  Snow will continue into Super Bowl Sunday morning, and more snow is likely early next week.  Winter is not over yet.

Curtis Grevenitz

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