Windy Thursday

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Posted at 6:08 AM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 13:15:10-05

A HIGH WIND WARNING will remain in effect for portions of north-central and central Montana Montana until tomorrow afternoon.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY will remain in effect for portions of northwest, west-central, and southwest Montana until tomorrow.

The wind will increase across the state, and the strongest winds will blow off the Rocky Mountain Front and in portions of northcentral and southcentral Montana. Strong southwest winds will keep today's forecasted highs in the 30s and 40s. Strong winds can cause power outages and can cause hazardous driving conditions for high-profile vehicles. Along with the wind, snow will fall along the Continental Divide and in portions of southwest Montana, resulting in near whiteout conditions at times, especially across mountain passes such as; Marias, Lookout, and Lolo Pass. Light snow will spill into the lower elevations tonight into tomorrow.

Friday, a potent cold front will move southward through the state and will kick off more snow. The lower elevations' snow totals will stay under three inches, and the mountains could see between four to nine inches. Daytime highs will stay in the 30s.

Behind the passage of Friday's front, the state will briefly fall under a cold spell. Daytime highs will cool to the teens and 20s. Another round of light snow will fall in the lower elevations, and a few more inches will accumulate in the mountains.

Sunday, upper-level ridging will rebuild, and that will allow daytime highs to rebound into the 40s.

Next week strong Chinook winds will bump the temperatures up to the 40s, and by mid-week, a few locations in north-central and eastern Montana highs will climb into the 50s.

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