Cooler with a break in wind on Saturday

A STRONG WIND WARNING is in effect for eastern Glacier County, central Pondera County and western Toole County through 8:00 p.m. Friday. Sustained wind speeds will range between 35 and 45 mph and gusts of up to 65 mph will be possible at times.

A WINTER WEATHER NOTICE is in effect for western Glacier County and western Pondera County until 8:00 p.m. Saturday. Up to 4 inches of snow accumulation is possible.

A WINTER WEATHER NOTICE is in effect for many areas in central and north-central Montana from Saturday 10pm/Sunday 11am through Monday 8am. Snow accumulation of 3 to 9 inches is possible in the East Glacier area, and up to 3 inches of snow accumulation is possible everywhere else.

There will be scattered rain and snow showers tonight, usually after midnight, and tomorrow morning if a disturbance hits our area. Light snow accumulation is possible in the mountains, and little to no snow accumulation can be expected in the lower elevations. We will also have mostly cloudy skies tonight and decreasing cloud tomorrow resulting in mostly sunny skies.

We will also have easing winds and cool temperatures tonight as lows will be in the mid to high 20’s and mid 30’s in most locations. Tomorrow will be much cooler than today as highs will be in the mid to high 30’s and lows will be in the mid 40’s. We will also have increasing winds tomorrow along the Rocky Mountain Front and just a small breeze tomorrow in locations east of the Rocky Mountain Front.

On Sunday we will have widespread gusty to strong winds as sustained winds will range between 15 and 35mph and gusts in excess of 50mph will be possible at times. It will also be cool on Sunday as highs will be in the mid to high 30s and lows in the mid 40s. There will also be scattered rain and snow showers on Sunday, particularly in the afternoon and evening when a cold front begins to work its way through our area.

Light snow accumulations are possible on Sunday and this snow can lead to slippery road conditions, especially over the mountain passes. Snowfall combined with wind also results in areas of reduced visibility. So be careful when traveling anywhere.

On Monday there will be isolated snow showers, especially in the mountains, when this cold front leaves our area. Monday will also be a lot colder than this weekend as highs will only be in the mid to high teens and low 20s. There will also be a breeze on Monday as sustained wind speeds will be between 10 and 20mph and this wind will be from the NNW.

On Tuesday, partly cloudy skies and dry weather are to be expected, as high pressure will dominate our weather for a short time. We will then have mostly cloudy skies on Wednesday with a few isolated snow showers generally in the afternoon and evening and generally in locations west of I-15 as a disturbance approaches our area. There will then be areas of snow around Wednesday night and Thursday when this disruption passes through our area.

It will continue to be cold for those three days as Tuesday’s highs will be in the teens; the upper teens and low to mid 20s on Wednesdays; and the single digits and low to mid teens on Thursday. It will also be a bit windy over these three days as sustained wind speeds will range between 5 and 20mph.

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