Multiple factors will contribute to inclement winter weather this weekend. A Canadian cold front will push through today, bringing plenty of winter weather our way. There are already a few winter weather watches, warnings, and advisories in place due to the cold and snow.
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY is in effect for north-central Montana through the end of Friday morning. Wind chills could reach as cold as 35 degrees below zero.
In northeast Montana, there is a WIND CHILL WARNING in effect- wind chills could get as cold as 55 degrees below zero.
In addition to the frigid air, snowfall is coming our way as well. A WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued for the Rocky Mountain Front, where snowfall will be heaviest and wind chills will be coldest.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect through Saturday for most of north-central Montana, including Helena and Great Falls. Potentially dangerous wind chills and moderate to heavy snowfall are the primary concerns.
Because of the impending winter storm, it is important to exercise extreme caution if you have plans to travel or spend time outdoors this weekend. At times, wind chills will be low enough to cause frostbite in a matter of minutes, and snowfall will cause slick roads and low visibility. Avoiding long-term outdoor exposure is best, but if you must be outside, make sure you are prepared with plenty of layers. If you’re driving, having an emergency kit in the car would be a smart move.
Stay safe this weekend!
Meteorologist Katie Alexander