A HIGH WIND WATCH has been issued for Saturday afternoon and evening.
First we get the warmth and then the wind. Friday will likely be the warmest day of the year and the warmest since August and September for most of the state. A southerly wind will push temperatures into the 80s and 90s. Isolated thunderstorms will pop in the western half of the state later in the day. Saturday will start out fairly benign, but a strong cold front will move through the state in the afternoon. This front will create powerful wind capable of knocking out power and doing damage to some trees. Scattered thunderstorms will push through the state in the afternoon and evening. Highs will range from the 60s in western Montana to the upper 90s to near 100 in eastern Montana. Sunday will be a much cooler day with scattered showers and thunderstorms. The wind will be strong again, but generally between 20-40mph. Highs will be in the 50s and 60s, but it will be cold enough in the mountains for snow showers. Rain and snow will be steadier/heavier in the southwest and south-central areas in the state. Monday will be partly cloudy with a few scattered showers increasing late in the day. Tuesday and then Thursday will have scattered showers and thunderstorms across most of the state. The final week of spring will be fairly cool and shower. The first day of summer is Saturday, June 20th.
Have a great day.