While the entire state has a gorgeous blue sky, arctic air remains locked in on the Hi-Line.  Highs there only touched the 10s and 20s, but elsewhere in Big Sky Country temperatures warmed into the 30s and 40s.  Watch out for re-freezing and black ice tonight in areas where temperatures warmed above freezing.  Thursday will not be as bright and blue with a new storm moving in.  Skies will be mostly cloudy with a few areas of light snow, freezing rain, and mixed rain/snow.  The Hi-line will see a period of snow Thursday that could accumulate a coating up to 2″, and there could be some freezing rain mixed in.  Elsewhere, central and western Montana will have light snow in the mountains but a mix of rain/snow in the lower elevations.  Rain-snow-freezing rain, all precipitation should be light and will not last all day.  Highs will hold in the 10s and 20s again for the Hi-line, but once again warm into the 30s and low 40s south and west of there.  Friday will be a warmer day for most of the state with highs in the 40s.  Wind will gust as high as 40-50mph in some of the windier spots, but most of the state should have a blustery day.  A cold front will move through the state with heavier snow showers later in the day.  Mountain passes will likely be sloppy with several inches of snow and wind making travel difficult.  This weekend will be beautiful as high pressure moves in.  Saturday will be a little cooler, but mostly sunny for all.  Don’t forget Saturday night to “spring forward” as Daylight Saving Time goes into effect.  Sunday will be a fantastic day to enjoy the late sunset, with sunny skies and highs in the 30s and 40s.  More typical temperatures in the 40s and even a few 50s are likely next week.

Have a great day!

Curtis Grevenitz

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