***SEVERE DRIVING CONDITIONS for most of Montana***

A WINTER STORM WARNING continues into Friday for most of the state.  Dangerous cold, wind and snow have been hammering northern Montana.  Southwest Montana has experienced a “flash freeze” with temperatures dropping from the 40s into the 10s in only a few hours.  Areas saw rain Thursday morning, and wet roads have become extremely icy.  Temperatures have fallen into the -0s to 0s for most of the state, with the majority of Montana experiencing sub-zero wind chills.  Snow and brutal cold will continue Friday for central and southern Montana.  The Hi-Line will see snow come to an end with sunshine at times, but highs there will be below zero.  Arctic high pressure will move in Friday night, and temperatures will drop to between 0 to -20 for much of the state.  Saturday will be mostly sunny but cold, with some blowing snow off the Rocky Mountain Front.  Another shot of arctic air and snow will move in Sunday night and Monday, followed by a brief warmup with wind Tuesday, and then yet another blast of bitter cold with snow for Valentine’s day on Wednesday.  Winter is nowhere near over.  Please use caution and discretion if you plan to travel or be outside in this dangerous weather tonight into Friday.

Curtis Grevenitz

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