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Fri-Yay: 60 Degrees Followed By Weekend Snow

Posted at 5:55 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 21:00:48-05

A FLOOD ADVISORY is in effect for northern Phillips and Valley Counties because of snowmelt creating rising water.

What a beautiful day for much of Montana after all of the recent wind. Although there was some wind across the prairies, this is a chinook wind that will warm temperatures even more for Friday. Just the fact that it's Friday should make it a great day, but warmth and sunshine to boot will make it an excellent day. There will be wind across the mountains and prairies again, and a few showers will fall up near the Flathead Valley. Highs for much of the state will be in the 50s and 60s, making it one of the warmest days so far this year. Unfortunately the nice weather will not last into the weekend for most of Montana. Saturday will still be warm in far eastern Montana, but a cold front will slowly work down the Continental Divide and the Rocky Mountain Front. Early Saturday morning, places like Browning and Cut Bank will see snow develop. That front will slowly shift south through the afternoon and the evening. Out ahead of the front will be mild with a few showers and even an isolated thunderstorm. Temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s ahead of the front, but 20s and 30s behind the cold front. By dark on Saturday evening, most precipitation will turn to snow. The snow will accumulate a few inches in the mountains and along the Rocky Mountain Front, with only up to 2" in the lower elevations. Sunday will be a partly cloudy day with scattered mountain snow showers. Highs will only be in the 30s and low 40s. Most of next week appears fairly quiet until the weekend when a larger storm could bring a more significant snowfall event.
Don't forget that Saturday night we "spring forward" as Daylight Saving Time begins. Sunset on Sunday will be around 7:30pm.
Have a great day!
Curtis Grevenitz