Extreme wind will take over Montana as we approach the weekend

Friday morning forecast with Jason Laird
Posted at 4:14 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 07:58:13-05

Friday will start out a bit less windy and cooler following the passage of yesterdays cold front.

Daytime highs will gradually reach the low 40s today.

Very strong wind is on track to return late this afternoon with gusts nearing 60 mph.

The National Weather Service has a High Wind Watch Scheduled to go into effect at 8:00pm due to the increase in wind.

The strong wind will continue overnight keeping temperatures well above average.

Still stronger wind with gusts well over 60 mph will warrant a High Wind Warning for Saturday and Sunday.

The extreme wind will drive temperatures to the high 40s on Saturday and low 50s on Sunday.

The warm and windy conditions are expected to come to an end as we enter the week leading up to Christmas.

Colder air from Canada is expected to drop into the state and meet up with Pacific Moisture on Sunday night.

This will open the door for a wintry mix and cooler temperatures on Monday.

The temperatures will continue to drop overnight Monday allowing for the moisture to turn to snow.

Forecast models are still a bit split on how much snow we'll receive out of this next system.

However as of now it appears on to three inches of snow is likely through Tuesday.

Much greater totals are likely in the mountains and southwestern Montana.