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Wicked Wind Developing this Weekend

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 20:47:08-05

A HIGH WIND WATCH has been issued for much of northern and central Montana for Sunday into Tuesday.

The winds of change will be howling this weekend. Gradually the wind will get stronger through the weekend, peaking late Sunday. The wind will blow snow around and reduce visibility on the roads. While Saturday will be a blustery day, it will not be as gusty as Sunday. That's when most of the state will be enveloped by wind. The strongest wind will be off of the Rocky Mountain Front. Highs will be in the 30s and 40s both days. Monday will be mild with highs in the 40s to around 50. The wind will be very strong across the state with gusts exceeding 50-60mph. A few mixed rain and snow showers are possible late in the day. Overnight into Tuesday morning, a cold front will move across the area. Snow showers will fly, and while the wind remains strong it will diminish some by later in the day. Highs will be cooler, in the 20s and 30s. A light accumulation of up to a couple inches is possible, but most of the accumulation will be confined to the mountains. Snow showers are possible Wednesday, Thursday and Friday across the state. Another surge of cold air is possible for the final weekend of February. Winter is not over with yet!
Have a great weekend!
Curtis Grevenitz
Chief Meteorologist