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Weekend Wintry Weather Winding Down

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Posted at 6:29 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 20:39:10-05

A HIGH WIND WARNING has been issued for the Rocky Mountain Front and East Glacier area. A HIGH WIND WATCH has been issued for Cascade, Toole and Judith Basin Counties.

Snow was a common site across the state over the holiday weekend, but there were significant differences in accumulation. Some areas barely saw enough snow to cover the ground, but the Little Belt Mountains and the Big Snowy Mountains saw upwards of 24". The weather setup and a northerly flow favored the central mountain ranges with heavy snowfall there. Any lingering snow will move out by Tuesday morning, but some strong wind will blow in. Look for powerful wind to howl across most of the plains with some gusts topping 50-60mph. This wind event will not be as strong as last week's historic gusts, but there is a possibility of property and tree damage, power outages, and blowing dust/debris that could impact travel. Wednesday will be another blustery day but skies will be mostly sunny. The wind will finally wind down by late in the day for most of the state. Thursday will be a more tranquil day with a light north wind and partly cloudy skies. Friday will be mostly cloudy with a chance at some light snow but don't expect significant accumulation. This weekend will be cold but the true arctic air will remain north of the state. Another shot of snow and colder air is possible next Monday night into Tuesday.
Have a great day.
Curtis Grevenitz
Chief Meteorologist