Strong wind is on track to take over our work week

Monday morning forecast with Jason Laird
Posted at 3:14 AM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 09:42:22-05

Down sloping wind off of the mountains will continue to rapidly melt the snow and drive the temperatures above average this week.

Highs on Monday are anticipated to reach the upper 60s throughout Central Montana.

Sustained winds are expected to remain around 15 to 20 mph with occasional gusts around 40 mph.

Even warmer temperatures are likely on Tuesday with highs flirting with the low 70s.

The wind will gradually increase throughout the week as our next weather maker approaches.

Forecast models are a bit split on the exact timing of this next system.

It does however appear that we'll begin feeling the impacts on Thursday.

Rain is expected to track into the state Thursday afternoon.

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

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

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

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

Forecast models are suggesting around 1 to 3 inches of snow through Saturday.

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

There is still quite a bit of uncertainty with this next system, so check back often for updates.