Much needed moisture will fall in northeast Montana

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Posted at 7:56 AM, Apr 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-13 06:33:58-04

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for Roosevelt and Sheridan Counties until tomorrow night.
A LAKE WIND ADVISORY has been issued for Fort Peck Lake until tonight.

The state started the day with cold temperatures and even colder wind chill values. A few locations in portions of southwest and northcentral Montana wind chill values were in the single digits and teens. A few locations around the state did wake up to light snow and slightly gusty wind. Thankfully, the snow showers that will continue to fall in northeast Montana is much needed. The drought monitor indicates portions of northeast Montana are current under extreme drought conditions. The National Weather Service has put in place a Winter Weather Advisory for portions of northeast Montana for snow and wind. Roosevelt and Sheridan counties could see between four to six inches of snow, and the wind will be gusting up to 35mph, which will allow for snow to blow and drift, which could reduce visibility. MacDonald Pass road surfaces were below freezing, so light snow started to stick; as of 8:00 am, the roads were covered with snow. Aside from precip, today will be pretty chilly, and daytime highs will stay in the 30s and 40s. Tonight will be another cold night, so if you plan to be outdoors, please make sure you are dressed accordingly.

Tuesday will be mostly cloudy, and periods of light snow are expected to continue over mountain areas. Daytime highs will again trend 10 to 20 degrees below average.

Wednesday night into Thursday morning, the state will have a better chance of getting widespread light snow showers. Accumulations at this time will stay extremely minimal in the lower elevations.

Thursday will be cloudy, and light snow will fall during the morning hours. The high temperatures will slowly warm into the 40s and 50s.

Friday, a strong ridge of high pressure will build in and stick with us through the weekend. Expect sunny skies and warm temperatures to return to the state.

Enjoy your day.