Warmer Where It’s Windy, Colder Where It’s Calm

Posted at 6:27 PM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 21:00:37-05

Calm conditions in the valleys of western Montana have allowed colder air to get trapped there, but the windy prairie locations have been much warmer.  Some places came close to 60 degrees, but were also dealing with wind gusts up to 40mph.  A HIGH WIND WARNING remains in effect for areas along the Rocky Mountain Front, as powerful wind will continue to howl through Wednesday.  Most of the plains will be windy and mild again on Wednesday, but the valley locations will be cooler and calm again.  Sky conditions will be partly to mostly sunny for most of the state.  Thursday, clouds will increase ahead of the next storm.  Temperatures will be mild in the 40s and 50s, with a few isolated sprinkles over central Montana.  Some snow will fall over the Bob Marshall Wilderness up through Glacier National Park.  A cold front will slice south into Montana on Thursday night into Friday morning.  Temperatures will drop and the snow will drop as well.  Accumulation on Friday will likely be in the 1-3″ range for lower elevations, but as much as 6-8″ in the mountains.  Canadian high pressure will make for a sunny and cold start to the weekend.  Sunday will be sunny and slightly warmer across the plains as yet another chinook wind develops.  The days leading up to Thanksgiving will be quiet, dry and mild.  High temperatures will again be in the 40s and 50s.  Travelers should not have many issues until possibly the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which is when the next storm could come through.

Have a great day.

Curtis Grevenitz