Enjoy today's warmth while you can because the state's next weather maker will move in on Saturday. A ridge of high pressure will briefly bring dry conditions, sunny skies, and daytime highs climbing back into the 50 and 60s. We are expected to see slightly gusty winds, but the wind will not be as strong as yesterday.
After a warm Friday, Saturday will be similar to Thursday's weather. A cold front will cool the temperatures back to the 30s and 40s (aside from eastern Montana, they are expected to warm to the mid to upper 60s); the wind is expected to gust between 40-50 mph and up to 60+ mph at times for areas located along the Rocky Mountain Front. We can expect another round of showers. Snow accumulations will stay confined to the mountains, but some mountain passes such as Marias, Kings Hill, and Bozeman Passes could be impacted. Blowing and drifting snow could reduce visibility at times.
The wind will subside by Sunday. Morning flurries in the lower elevations of central and southwest Montana cannot be ruled out. The entire state (including eastern Montana) will see high temperatures trend in the 30s and 40.
Looking ahead into next week, daytime highs will remain below average, and off and on showers are likely.
Enjoy your weekend.