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Heavy Snow, Wind, Bitter Cold Return to Montana

Posted at 6:06 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 20:52:20-04

A FLOOD WARNING continues for the Milk River near Nashua.
An AREAL FLOOD ADVISORY continues for northern Phillips and Valley Counties for melting snow.
A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for all of northern and central Montana for Friday into Saturday.

Winter is coming back with a vengeance. Significant snow, wind and dangerous cold returns to Montana starting on Friday. Wednesday was quite unsettled with showers, snow and even a few thunderstorms. Wet roads could turn icy overnight into Thursday morning. Thursday will be a cooler day with a few light snow showers. The real snow will increase on Friday, first across the Rocky Mountain Front early in the morning with snow spreading south and east through the morning into the afternoon. Great Falls should have snow by late morning, Helena and Lewistown by late afternoon or evening. Snow will fall at a moderate rate, north wind will increase up to 20mph, and temperatures will fall through the 10s and 20s into the 0s in some locations. Snow and wind will reduce visibility through Friday night and Saturday. Saturday will have harsh winter conditions with snow, wind and cold temperatures. Travel will be difficult, especially along the Hi-Line and the Rocky Mountain Front. Snow will taper off later on Saturday but areas of snow and slippery roads will continue into Sunday. Arctic high pressure could drop temperatures to between -10 and -20 on Saturday and Sunday nights. The weather will quiet down and start warming up early next week. Another front could come through later on St. Patrick's Day into Wednesday. Overall, the rest of March appears to be pretty stormy.

Have a great day.
Curtis Grevenitz