Get ready for a very snowy and cold holiday weekend.  A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect tonight as 1-4″ will fall in the lower elevations, with up to 6″ in the mountains.  This is not the big storm, rather just an appetizer.  A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for most of the state from Saturday morning thru Sunday all the way until Monday morning.  Saturday, a stronger storm with widespread heavy snow developing from the western part of the state in the morning, to the central areas by afternoon, and into northeast Montana by evening.  Wind will accompany this storm as well.  Travel will be very difficult throughout the day throughout the state.  Highs will be in the 20s and 30s, but fall back into the 0s and 10s as another arctic front moves down from Canada.  Sunday will be very cold and snowy with continued difficult travel.  Snow will be lighter, but temperatures and wind chills will be much colder.  Monday is Presidents Day, and the storm will slowly move out.  Light snow in the morning will taper off and sunshine will increase through the afternoon.  Don’t expect that sun to warm temperatures up at all, highs will be in the -0s to the 0s.  Monday night as arctic high pressure settles over the state, lows will range from -10 to perhaps colder than -30 in a few spots.  BRRR!!!

If you have to travel this weekend, please be careful doing so.  Stay warm and safe!

Curtis Grevenitz

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