A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect until noon for most of the counties in Montana.  A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect until noon for some counties in northern and southern Montana, and some places along the Rocky Mountain front.  A WIND CHILL WARNING is in effect until Saturday morning for northeastern Montana, and a WIND CHILL ADVISORY is in effect for East- Central Montana.

Happy Friday, everyone!  Can you believe we’ve already made it halfway through January?  This past week, Montanans saw some big changes with regards to the weather.  Wednesday, temperatures dropped nearly 50 degrees in some places as a cold front came in and dropped another fresh coating of snow.  Now that we’re heading into the weekend, that snow should be clearing out of the state by this afternoon, with the exception of some scattered snow.  Saturday and Sunday, a chinook will warm things up a bit, and we’ll have some warmer temperatures into next week.  However, overnight lows will still be below freezing, so any snowmelt will likely refreeze on the roads, creating hazardous driving conditions, especially in the early morning hours.  As for our next weather system, another snowstorm moves in over North- Central Montana late Sunday night but will move out quickly and not result in much accumulation.  Additionally, there is a chance of more precipitation on Wednesday as another system moves through the area, but we will have all the details about that as the storm mvoes closer.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Katie Alexander

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A proud graduate of the University of Missouri, Katie chose to major in meteorology when a severe winter storm hit her college town, canceling class for almost a week. She was taking an introductory meteorology course and was fascinated learning how and why the storm came through. After college, Katie moved to Madrid, Spain to teach English for a year, enjoying the mild Mediterranean climate. However, Katie is no stranger to severe weather. Growing up in St. Louis, she has seen everything from flash flooding and funnel clouds to extreme thunderstorms and even thundersnow! But even with all of this experience, nothing could prepare her for winter in Montana. Despite the harsh winter, Katie is excited to forecast and learn about mountain weather patterns, and to live in a state with such fantastic mountains and top-notch stargazing. Katie is the meteorologist on Daybreak, every morning at 6.