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February Turns Frigid

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 21:50:38-05

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for parts of Madison and Gallatin Counties for Tuesday evening into Wednesday.

Happy February! What a warm start to the month with high temperatures on Monday reaching the 40s and 50s. BIG changes are on the way in just a few days. Groundhog Day on Tuesday will start out mild and partly cloudy. A cold front will approach later in the day with a few mixed rain/snow showers in the lower elevations and snow showers in the mountains. Ahead of the cold front, highs will warm into the 40s and 50s again. Colder air and snow showers will work through the state Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The mountains will see up to a couple inches of accumulation, with perhaps a coating in the lower elevations. This system will not produce big accumulating snow. Wednesday's highs will be cooler in the 20s and 30s. Scattered snow showers will mainly occur over the mountains. Thursday will start out with a little sunshine but clouds will increase as another front approaches later in the day. Snow will increase Thursday night and Friday will be a snowy day for much of the state. Several inches will accumulate in the lower elevations. Highs early on Friday will be in the will be in the 20s to around 30, but will fall to near or below zero by late in the evening. An arctic front will deliver the coldest air of the season so far. Much of Montana will be below zero by Saturday morning. Saturday will be a very cold day with highs as cold as -20 in northeast Montana, to the 0s in the western part of the state. Dangerously cold air will ease up somewhat on Sunday before another surge of cold and snow moves back for Monday. Temperatures will be more indicative of winter and snow will be more common through the middle of February.
Have a great day.
Curtis Grevenitz
Chief Meteorologist