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Strong winds will push temperatures above freezing on Saturday - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Strong winds will push temperatures above freezing on Saturday

Posted: Jan 12, 2018 5:19 PM Updated:

If you're ready for a warm-up, then you're in luck.

The STORMTracker Weather Team says Montana will experience a rapid warm-up on Saturday.

Chinook winds are expected to develop along and east of the Rocky Mountains on Friday night. These strong winds descending off the mountains help to warm up and dry out the air.

Cities and towns east of the Rockies will see temperatures gradually warm up during the overnight hours.

By late Saturday, many locations will enjoy temperatures in the 30s and 40s.

Wind gusts of 40-50 mph are expected over the plains of north-central Montana, so blowing snow is going to be a concern for drivers.

Those winds will die down late Saturday and temperatures will begin to drop for Sunday.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a temperature rising to around 26 by 5am. Wind chill values as low as -6. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph after midnight.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Southwest wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Southwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. Southwest wind around 7 mph becoming north in the afternoon.

Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6. North northeast wind 3 to 6 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

M.L.King Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 16.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 8.

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