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Strong Winds Ahead

Posted at 6:33 AM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 13:08:24-05

A HIGH WIND WARNING has been issued for the entire state east of the Continental Divide until Thursday morning.

After a weekend of freezing fog, frost on trees, and cooler temperatures, the temperatures will gradually warm to the 50s by tomorrow. Today will be breezy, and daytime highs will trend in the 30s. A minor system will slightly increase the wind for portions of north-central Montana.

Tomorrow a storm will bring a significant amount of snow to the mountains and mountain passes west of the Continental Divide. Driving over mountain passes such as; Marias, Lookout, Lolo, Logan, and Lost Trail Pass will be extremely difficult; mountain passes will get several inches of snow, and the mountains could get up to 2 feet; valley locations will mainly get a wintry mix. Tomorrow highs will climb to the upper 30s for northwest Montana and the 40s and low 50s everywhere else.

Wednesday will be the windest and warmest day of the week. A cold front will begin to move through and bring a wintry mix of rain and snow showers to the lower elevations. The wind will be vicious, and portions of north-central Montana could have wind gusting up to 85 mph at times. Travel will be hazardous for high profile vehicles, and isolated power outages are likely for areas along the Hi-Line. Strong winds will also create areas of blowing dust. The entire state daytime highs will stay between 15-30 degrees above average, and a few locations in eastern Montana may come close to tying or breaking their old record.

Thursday, the sun will return, and behind the passage of Wednesday's front, the high temperatures will cool back to the 30s and 40s.

Friday, another front will kick off a limited amount of rain showers in the lower elevations.

Have a great day.