Brutal Wind Eases But More Wintry Weather Is Next

Posted at 6:07 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 20:41:31-04

Powerful winds blasted throughout Montana on Tuesday with some gusts upwards of 70mph. The wind will slowly ease up through the overnight but still be fairly strong in the morning. This storm is a strong one producing the wind but also thunderstorms. Colder air will work into the state tonight into Wednesday morning and the rain showers will turn to snow. Already snow has been heavy in the mountains above 7000'. Wednesday will start out mostly cloudy with areas of snow, mainly in the mountains and over the lower elevations of central and eastern Montana. Snow accumulation will amount to several inches in the mountains, but only a coating up to an inch or so in the lower elevations. Areas of snow will dissipate through the afternoon. Northwest winds will gust up to 20-30mph on Wednesday, considerably less than Tuesday's wind. Thursday and Friday will be very different as more enjoyable weather moves in. Thursday will be partly to mostly sunny with highs in the 50s. Wind will be fairly strong up to 30mph over the prairies. Friday will be the nicest day of the week with sunshine and highs well up into the 60s. This warmth won't last as a strong cold front will bring much colder temperatures and areas of snow into Saturday morning. Those venturing out into the higher terrain on Saturday will face colder temperatures and accumulating snow. Areas of snow will accumulate up to a few inches in the lower elevations on Saturday. Highs will only reach the 30s. Sunday will be partly cloudy with mainly mountain snow showers and highs in the 30s. Another cold front is likely to pass through Monday night into Tuesday with more snow and even colder temperatures. The stretch from Saturday through Wednesday will be more like winter with colder temperatures and periods of snow.
Have a great day.
Curtis Grevenitz