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Watches, Warnings and Advisories Ahead of New Year's Storm

Posted at 6:41 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 21:00:28-05

A WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued for the Rocky Mountain Front.
A HIGH WIND WARNING has been issued for the Rocky Mountain Front.
A HIGH WIND WATCH has been issued for areas east of the Rocky Mountain Front, including Great Falls down through central Montana to Livingston.
A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for the mountain passes of southwest Montana.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for the mountains west of the Continental Divide.

Many areas are under a Watch, Warning or Advisory. The year 2019 is winding down but the wind is about to ramp up as a new storm approaches for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. A big storm out in the Pacific will move into Montana on Tuesday with an increase in clouds but the wind will be most noticeable. Strong southwest wind could gust higher than 65mph in a few of the windiest areas. Snow will increase west of the Continental Divide through the afternoon and evening, but little to no snow will fall east of the Divide until New Year's Day. A front will cross the state with wind and snow showers on Wednesday. Highs will be in the 30s and 40s. Travel will be difficult over the mountain passes, but the wind will have the greatest impact on travelers in the lower elevations. Thursday will be mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers but any accumulation will be light. Friday will have a mostly cloudy skies with a few areas of light snow. The first Saturday of the New Year will be a warm one as highs rise into the 50s for much of the state. A cold front will bring snow showers and cooler temperatures on Sunday.
Have a great day.
Curtis Grevenitz