Wind Wanes Some; Winter Really Coming

Posted at 6:46 PM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 22:03:29-05

Wow, what a relentless wind.  Many towns across the state have had wind gusts near 50mph or greater over the last several days.  The storm responsible for the blasting breeze, mountain snow and icy roadways is moving out and the wild wind will ease up somewhat tonight.  Wind speeds are already beginning to decrease.  However, a HIGH WIND WATCH has been issued for the Rocky Mountain Front for Thursday into Friday.  Another storm will move through the state with another round of wind and mainly mountain snow.  The wind and the snow won’t be as terrible as the last storm but the majority of the state will have about bout of wind.  Thursday will be partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the 40s to around 50.  After a break from the wind, the gusts will increase again for north-central Montana on Thursday.  Otherwise, the day will be fairly quiet before the first day of winter on Friday.  Friday morning, a cold front will slice through the state with a period of snow in the mountains and near the Continental Divide.  A few inches will accumulate in the mountains, the lower elevations could receive a coating.  So not much snow yet, but the wind will once again howl across the state.  With highs in the 30s, wind chills will be in the 10s and 20s for most of the state most of the day.  Saturday will be a mostly sunny day with a 10-20mph breeze off of the Rocky Mountain Front, but most of the state will be mostly sunny and quiet.  Sunday will be quiet as well but clouds will increase and a few mountain snow showers will move in late in the day.  Next week is Christmas, and a new storm will likely spread snow throughout the state from late Christmas eve, through Christmas Day, into the day after Christmas.  Temperatures will be much colder, in the 10s and 20s for highs.  While a White Christmas is beautiful, road conditions will be slippery in and around the holiday.  Be careful!

Have a great day.

Curtis Grevenitz