Posted: Jan 23, 2013 8:13 AM by Meteorologist Matt Jones
Updated: Jan 23, 2013 8:14 AM
Hopefully you were able to enjoy some of that sunshine yesterday and temperatures close to 50 degrees because things will be changing today.
Clouds will continue to increase from the west as the next cold front moves into western Montana by late afternoon.
The stationary frontal boundary that has been wavering back and forth across north central Montana will continue to create a very tricky temperature forecast today. To the east of the front, highs will only top out in the teens and 20s while west of the front, temperatures will warm into the upper 30s to lower 40s.
Overnight, a Pacific cold front will race eastward across the state bringing gusty winds and a few rain or snow showers.
Winds will strengthen even more on Thursday with some gusts over 60 mph possible even across the plains.
High Wind Warnings have been issued beginning at 5pm today and lasting through tomorrow.
These downsloping winds will usher in drier air with skies turning mostly sunny by Thursday afternoon.
Temperatures will still be mild behind the front with highs Thursday in the lower 40s.
Another storm system will arrive over the weekend bringing slight chances of rain and snow and cooling temperatures from the 40s back into the upper 30s.
Have a great day!
Meteorologist Matt Jones