A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for most of the state Thursday into Friday for a major winter storm producing heavy snow with some freezing rain.  A WIND CHILL ADVISORY remains in effect for northeast Montana for dangerously cold wind chills down to -30.  Buckle up for a wild weather ride the next few days.  Dangerously cold temperatures will continue across the Hi-line.  Wednesday there will be some warmer air in the 30s and 40s pushing through western areas as far east into central Montana as Lewistown and Great Falls.  Some rain and freezing rain will fall in this warmer sector of air.  North of there along the Hi-Line, light snow will develop with highs staying in the 0s and 10s.  Thursday, the colder air will push southward through the state with temperatures falling for most of the state through the day.  Snow will become more widespread through the afternoon and evening.  Thursday night into Friday morning, temperatures will drop into the -0s to 0s for most locations east of the Continental Divide.  Friday will be a cold, snowy day.  By Saturday morning, most of the snow will be over as arctic high pressure moves in.  Saturday morning’s temperatures will be between -5 to -30 for much of the state.  Saturday will be cold but there will be more sunshine than there has been for a while.  Sunday, a chinook wind will develop with warming temperatures but a chance at blowing snow off the Rocky Mountain Front.

Tune into KTVH News for the latest live forecast.

Curtis Grevenitz

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