Strong wind continues to drive temperatures into the 70s

Tuesday morning forecast with Jason Laird
Posted at 2:52 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 07:35:10-05

Even warmer temperatures are likely today with highs reaching with the low 70s.

Even stronger wind is likely on Wednesday with highs in the upper 60s.

In anticipation of the stronger wind The National Weather Service has a High Wind Watch Scheduled to go into effect Wednesday morning for North central Montana.

Our next weather maker will begin to move our way on Thursday.

Forecast models are a bit split on the exact timing of this next system, however it does appear that we'll begin feeling the impacts late Thursday.

Rain is expected to kick off over the mountains Thursday night into Friday morning.

As temperatures fall Thursday night, areas along the Rocky Mountain Front may begin to see a wintry mix.

The coverage of the wintry mix appears to extend more into Central Montana on Friday.

Arctic air will drop into the state Friday night into Saturday morning.

This very cold air mass will quickly turn any lingering moisture into snow.

The snow is expected to stick around most of the day Saturday and eventually begin tapering off on Sunday.

Forecast models are suggesting around 1 to 3 inches of snow for the Capitol and 5 to 8 inches for Great Falls through Sunday.

Areas around Cut Bank may see up to 8 to 12 inches.

There is still some uncertainty with this next system in the terms of snow, but the bottom is snow and cold are on tap this weekend.