The fresh blanket of snow from Thursday’s storm will continue to melt this weekend as warmer temperatures return.  A FLOOD ADVISORY continues for areas in northern Montana as melting snow will create more water on already saturated ground.  If you come across water over the road, please don’t just plow right through the water.  Check the depth before you proceed, and if the water is running fast, “turn around, don’t drown”.  Saturday will start out on the cloudy side with an isolated shower or mountain snow shower.  By afternoon, the clouds will break up some with a better chance of sunshine.  Highs will be in the 50s in the lower elevations, 30s and 40s in the mountains.  Sunday will be slightly warmer with highs in the 50s to around 60, but a few isolated showers and thunderstorms will move through the western and north central areas in the afternoon.  Southwest winds will increase to around 20mph.  The next big spring storm moves in Monday with showers and a few thunderstorms.  Monday afternoon, a cold front will bring temperatures back down through the 40s into the 30s.  A mix of rain and snow will fall through the western and central parts of the state.  The rain and snow should not be too heavy, but the wind will really be the strongest aspect of this storm.  As low pressure intensifies Monday night and Tuesday, it will create strong west to northwest wind gusting higher than 50mph for some areas.  Strong wind and snow showers will continue Tuesday.  The mountain will likely pick up several more inches of snow.  The storm clears with warmer temperatures and sunshine returning Wednesday.

Have a great weekend.

Curtis Grevenitz

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