Jagged January Thaw Leaves Some Still Shivering

Posted at 5:43 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 21:06:42-05

A FLOOD WARNING continues for Spring Creek in Choteau do to an ice jam.

A January thaw has overtaken most but not all of Montana. After a week of frigid, sub-zero temperatures some parts of Big Sky Country started off this week with highs in the 50s. However other areas along the Hi-line remained in much colder air in the 0s and 10s. The arctic airmass will continue to weaken and break up through this week. Tuesday will be a similar weather day for Montana with partly to mostly cloudy skies and mild temperatures for most. Highs will warm into the 40s to around 50 again, and the Hi-Line should even warm into the 20s and 30s. Late in the evening snow showers will move through the western mountains and some may even cross the Continental Divide after midnight. This is the first of a few weak storms that will move through Montana this week. Wednesday will have some mountain snow showers but the real issue will be gusty winds throughout most of the state. Highs will remain mile in the 30s and 40s for most areas. Thursday some light snow will fly in the mountains west of the Divide with a few sprikles or flurries east of the Divide. Temperatures will be mild again in the 40s for highs in the lower elevations. Although Friday will be mostly cloudy, temperatures will be mild in the 40s to around 50. The plains will see gusty southwest wind throughout the week. It will be a quiet start to the weekend, but a modest system will approach late Sunday with increasing clouds and a chance at some snow Sunday night into Monday. At the present time there is no arctic air or heavy snow storms headed our way until early February at the earliest.
Enjoy the warmth!
Curtis Grevenitz