Extreme wind will allow for one more warm day before cold and snow set in this weekend.
Winds of 35 to 45 mph are anticipated on Friday, with much stronger wind in the immediate vicinity of the Rocky Mountain Front.
The strongest wind will be Friday afternoon with gusts of 60 to 70 mph along the mountains.
Some wind caused power outages are very possible especially around Cut Bank.
An aggressive cold front will drop into the state Friday evening.
This system is expected to kick off a few rain showers that will quickly transition to snow overnight.
Accumulation of 1-3 inches is likely in Great Falls as well as 3-5 around Helena and Lewistown.
The Rocky Mountain Front is expected to pick up around 5 to 10 inches.
Lingering flurries are likely throughout the day on Saturday.
Another round of snow is likely on Monday as still colder air drops into the state from Canada.
Temperatures will remain very cold through Tuesday of next week.