Dec 22, 2011 6:27 PM by Meteorologist Mike Rawlins
If you have travel plans in the Northwest through the Christmas holiday, Mother Nature is giving the green light.
We are monitoring a strong ridge of high pressure that is sitting over the region tonight.
Skies are mostly clear throughout the Treasure State and there is little to no precipitation to speak of anywhere.
With a tight pressure gradient between this high pressure and low pressure in Canada, winds will be quite strong over the next several days.
Gusts over 40 mph are looking likely through Christmas Day.
Temperatures are also going to be unseasonably warm.
I'm expecting highs in the low 50s by Sunday.
Those traveling during the middle part of next week should continue to follow the latest forecast.
Models are showing a storm system trying to work its way into Montana by Wednesday with some rain and snow possible.
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Meteorologist Mike Rawlins