…And Montana Was Only On The Edge Of The Arctic Airmass

Posted at 5:52 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 20:38:10-05

Brrrr!  Air temperatures were as cold as -27 in West Yellowstone on Tuesday morning.  Wind chills near Plentywood were as cold as -45!  A WIND CHILL ADVISORY continues into Wednesday morning for eastern Montana.  Warmer air is on the way for some.  Wednesday, a warm front will push across the state and the bitterly cold air will retreat to the east.  Highs will climb into the 30s to around 40 for northcentral Montana, but the wind will increase.  That’s the tradeoff.  Valleys of western Montana will be inverted, cold air will keep highs in the 20s.  Thursday and Friday will be partly cloudy, windy and mild for the plains.  The valleys will again be inverted: calm and cold.  This weekend, the first of February will become quite active.  Saturday will start off slow with partly cloudy skies, but a cold front will drop south out of Canada through the afternoon with light snow and falling temperatures for northern Montana.  At the same time, a storm moving through the Rockies will spread snow toward Montana from the southwest.  As moisture meets the cold air on Sunday, snow will spread across much of Big Sky Country.  Several inches will accumulate across most of the state.  Travel will be impacted, and many will be traveling for Super Bowl Sunday.  Even colder temperatures and more snow are likely Monday and Tuesday.  The first couple weeks of February are looking cold, snowy and active.

Have a great day.  Stay warm.

Curtis Grevenitz