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Cleanup Continues After Historic Storm

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 21:05:21-05

Wednesday's wind storm was historic. Wind gusts across most of the state topped hurricane force. Widespread damage was done. Roads were closed. Roofs were blown off buildings. Power was knocked out and still remains out for some nearly 24 hours later. 100+ year old trees that had survived countless previous wind storms succumbed to the force of the wind. It was downright dangerous to be outside with objects blowing in the wind. Thursday was a much better day although the wind was still strong, especially in eastern Montana. The wind will continue to ease up through Thursday night into Friday. Conditions are improving, allowing people to clean up in the aftermath of a powerful winter storm. Friday, a minor storm will move through the state with a little wind up to 30mph, and a few mixed rain and snow showers. The mountains could see up to 2" but this is not a major storm. Saturday will be mostly sunny and on the breezy side, highs will reach the 30s and low 40s. Sunday a new storm will move in throughout the day. Clouds will increase with a few rain and snow showers spreading into the state through the afternoon and evening. Snow showers will continue through Sunday night into Monday. Monday will be a more typical January day with colder temperatures, wind, and some accumulating snow. Lower elevations could see up to 3", while the mountains could see more than 6". Another front will move through Tuesday night and Wednesday with light snow. Temperatures will gradually cool through the week, and by Friday temperatures will be very cold. Highs will only be in the 0s and 10s for most of the state, with lows dropping below zero on Friday night.
Have a great day.
Curtis Grevenitz
Chief Meteorologist