Strong Winds will Blow

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Posted at 4:57 AM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 15:05:10-05

A HIGH WIND WARNING has been issued for most of the state.
A WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued for Absaroka/Beartooth and Crazy Mountains.
AN AVALANCHE WATCH has been issued for Flathead Range, Whitefish Range, Glacier National Park, and Swan Range.

Today a storm will bring a significant amount of snow to the mountains and mountain passes west of the Continental Divide. The mountains west of the Divide will get several inches of snow, and travel could be challenging if traveling across mountain passes such as; Marias, Lookout, Lolo, Logan, and Lost Trail Pass. Valley locations will mainly get a wintry mix. Today's highs will climb to the upper 30s for northwest Montana and the 40s and mid to low 50s everywhere else.

Tomorrow will be the windest and warmest day of the week. A cold front will begin to move west to east across the state. A wintry mix of rain and snow showers will fall in the lower elevations during the morning. The wind will be vicious, and portions of north-central Montana could have winds gusting up to 90 mph. Daytimes highs will be met before noon and will quickly fall behind the passage of the front. Travel will be difficult for high profile vehicles, and isolated power outages will be likely for northcentral Montana. Strong winds will also create areas of blowing dust.

Thursday, the sun will return, and behind the passage of Wednesday front, high temps will cool to the low 30s.

Friday, another front will kick off limited rain showers.

Have a great day.