It's been a very windy day!
Winds have gusted over 50 miles per hour for many of us, and even as high as 80 miles per hour along the Rocky Mountain Front!
The exception to the windy weather has been Helena, where the wind has been fairly calm through the day.
A High Wind Warning remains in effect for most of the area until midnight.
Our winds will die down overnight, and will not be nearly as strong for Saturday.
With the winds coming to and end, our focus turns to our next round of winter weather.
That arrives Friday evening, as a strong cold front pushes south through the area.
Behind that front will be a bit of rain, followed by snow showers.
The steadiest snow will be overnight, with lingering light showers through the day Saturday.
Fortunately, we're not expecting too much accumulation.
Lower elevation will receive generally less than three inches, with some spots seeing no accumulation at all.
Snow totals will increase as you get closer to the mountains, and at the higher elevations an additional 5 to 8 inches of snow, with as much as a foot on the some of the peaks, will be possible.
That means slippery passes by Saturday morning.
Finally, we're expecting a big cool down behind the front too.
Our highs Saturday will likely occur at midnight, and temperatures will hover around freezing through the day.
- WINTER WEATHER RESOURCES:
- STORMTracker Weather page
- Live interactive radar
- STORMTracker on Facebook
- Montana webcams (MDT site)
- Road Conditions (MDT site)