Strong wind will take over Montana on Tuesday and more widespread precipitation returns.
A tight pressure gradient over Montana will cause for fairly strong winds on Tuesday.
North Central Montana will experience the strongest wind with gusts occasionally around 50 mph.
A wintry mix is expected to accompany the wind mid morning in our area.
Showers should taper off around the noon hour and then kick back up this evening.
A Canadian cold front will also move into the state this evening.
This colder batch of air will quickly transition the rain and snow mixture to straight snow overnight.
Most areas will see around an inch of accumulation by Wednesday morning.
The Little Belts and Big Snowy Mountains are expected to catch the brunt of the snow.
This area will likely see 6 to 12 inches of snow with the foothills picking up 2 to 5 inches.
Temperatures will climb back above seasonal averages on Thursday and are expected to remain in the 40s for the rest of the week.