Wicked Wind for the Entire State of Montana

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Posted at 5:32 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 20:43:33-05

A HIGH WIND WATCH has been issued for virtually the entire state on Montana.

After a relatively calm and quiet weekend filled with freezing fog, a major winter storm will literally blow through the state. While some rain and snow will fall with heavier amounts along and west of the Continental Divide, this storm will be a powerful wind producer. Strong wind will begin across the plains on Tuesday. Skies will be mostly cloudy with rain and mountain snow west of the Divide. Temperatures will be warm for January with highs in the 40s and 50s. A few valley locations including the Helena Valley will remain in an inversion with colder air and calm conditions until late in the day. Wednesday will be a very stormy day. Rain showers will move across the lower elevations early in the day, with snow showers by the afternoon behind the cold front. Extremely strong west winds will howl throughout the day. Some gusts could top 70mph. Highs will be in the 40s and 50s, but temperatures will fall through the 30s in the afternoon behind the cold front. Wind will remain strong through the night and into Thursday. While it will be mostly sunny, a strong wind will once again make it feel uncomfortable outside. Temperatures will be much cooler in the 30s. The wind will finally ease up by late Thursday. A weak disturbance will move on Friday with snow showers mainly in the mountains. Saturday will have a decent amount of sunshine with highs in the 30s to around 40. Sunday, widespread light snow is likely with a couple inches possible in the lower elevations. The weather pattern is shifting toward more typical conditions for the remainder of the month. Around the 23rd of January, give or take a couple days, snow along with arctic air and subzero temperatures are likely to move throughout Montana. Winter is on its way finally.
Have a great day!
Curtis Grevenitz
Chief Meteorologist