A WINTER STORM WATCH is in effect for northcentral Montana for Saturday night and Sunday. A WIND ADVISORY is in effect for areas west of the Continental Divide for Saturday. A strong spring storm will bring winterlike conditions to the state this weekend. Conditions will be the worst Sunday morning with some improvement late in the day. Low pressure will track through the state producing snow, strong wind and much colder temperatures. Sunday morning will be so bad, blizzard conditions are possible. A true blizzard is 3 consecutive hours of visibility less than 1/4 mile with wind of 35mph or greater, usually accompanied by falling snow. Please use caution if you have to travel in these conditions. It will be unpleasant to say the least. Highs Sunday will only be in the 20s and 30s, combine that with a strong wind of over 30mph and wind chill values could be in the 0s and 10s. Sunday night’s air temperature will drop into the 10s and 20s for lows. Monday will be a quieter day, still chilly with snow showers. Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with snow possible in the southern half of the state. Highs in the early part of the week will be in the 30s and 40s, with lows in the 10s and 20s. This is unusual cold for the end of April. Temperatures will slowly warm through the first few days of May, although they will remain below average.
Be safe this weekend.