Dangerous Cold of -20 to -30 Coming to Montana

Posted at 6:37 PM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 20:42:23-05

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY continues for Marias Pass and the Rocky Mountain Front above 5000' into Wednesday morning.

Big Sky Country is about to get hit hard by winter weather including snow and bitter cold. After a mild stretch "real" winter is just a few days away. Wednesday will be a blustery day as a cold front moves through the state with scattered snow showers mainly in the mountains. Temperatures will be mild in the 30s and 40s so enjoy it while it's here. On Thursday some colder air will start building into Montana from Canada. Areas of light snow will move through the western and central areas of the state. A light accumulation up to 2" is possible. Highs will range from the 10s up on the Hi-Line to the 20s and 30s farther south. Although snow will not be falling on Friday, strong wind may create areas of blowing snow which will make for difficult travel. Highs will only in the 20s but strong southwest wind may gust over 40 to 50mph which will blow snow around. Saturday will be mostly cloudy with increasing light snow. Although it will be cold in the 20s and 30s with light snow, this will be the last day before the truly dangerous cold arrives. Sunday is the day for the arctic air to spill through the state. Highs will be in the -0s and 0s, with wind chills well below zero. Light snow will be more widespread across the state. Snow and extreme cold will continue on Monday and Tuesday. Highs will range from -15 to 0, with lows between -35 and -10. Please use this time to prepare for the harsh winter conditions about to hit Montana hard.
Stay tuned for the latest forecast as we get closer to this event.

Curtis Grevenitz