Posted: Jan 14, 2013 7:39 AM by Meteorologist Matt Jones
Updated: Jan 14, 2013 1:26 PM
A warm front will be bringing some big changes to Montana over the next 24 hours as it crosses through.
Before the front arrives, temperatures will remain on the cold side today with locations along I-15 in the lower 20s and teens for our northeastern counties.
Gusty winds up to 35 mph will drop wind chills down into the single digits through much of the day.
Winds will be much stronger along the Rocky Mountain Front and a High Wind Warning has now been posted for that region through Tuesday.
Clouds will be increasing through the day and scattered snow showers will begin to develop by late this afternoon.
As the warm front moves through tonight, it will provide the necessary lift in the atmosphere to cause widespread snow to develop across the area.
Most of snow will be fairly light with maybe 1-2" for the lower elevations and up to 4" for the higher mountain areas. Here's a look at the expected snowfall totals overnight:
This same warm front will allow much warmer air to overspread the state from the west by Tuesday with many places jumping 20 degrees over today's highs.
The rest of the extended forecast looks dry and much milder with highs each day in the mid 40s along with mostly sunny skies. It will continue to be breezy to windy at times through the end of the week.
Have a great day!
Meteorologist Matt Jones