After the state experienced gusts near 100 mph this past weekend, gusty winds will linger today. We will also kick off the first Monday of 2021 with above-average temperatures. Clouds will begin to build, and the wind will increase as a cold front works its way through the state, tonight into tomorrow. The mountains in southwest Montana will have the highest snowfall amounts; they could see anywhere between 4-9."
Waking up tomorrow morning, mountain passes will be slippery. West winds will be gusting up to 40 mph at times, leading to patchy blowing snow that could reduce visibility. If having to travel near the Idaho border, please give yourself enough time to leave, and prepare for snow-covered roads. Behind the passage of the front, tomorrow daytimes highs will slightly cool down a few degrees.
Wednesday, another ridge of high pressure will build, and most of the state will have mostly sunny skies, above-average temperatures, and breezy to windy conditions.
Thursday, you guess right, another cold front will move in, and the clouds will replace the sun. Snow showers will fall in the mountains and the lower elevations. The high temperatures will cool down 5-10 degrees but will still stay above average for this time of the year.
Friday, the pattern will continue, and another ridge will build in.
Have a great day.