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Rapid warm-up expected for Saturday

Posted: Jan 12, 2018 5:19 PM Updated:

If you're ready for a warm-up, then you're in luck.

The STORMTracker Weather Team says Montana will experience a rapid warm-up on Saturday.

Chinook winds are expected to develop along and east of the Rocky Mountains on Friday night. These strong winds descending off the mountains help to warm up and dry out the air.

Cities and towns east of the Rockies will see temperatures gradually warm up during the overnight hours.

By late Saturday, many locations will enjoy temperatures in the 30s and 40s.

Wind gusts of 40-50 mph are expected over the plains of north-central Montana, so blowing snow is going to be a concern for drivers.

Those winds will die down late Saturday and temperatures will begin to drop for Sunday.

Helena will be sheltered from the strongest winds, but highs are expected to top out in the mid-upper 30s for Saturday afternoon.

With the warmer air in place, some snow will begin to melt across central Montana.

However, freezing temperatures on Saturday night and through much of Sunday will mean refreezing and icy conditions in some places.

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