Strong Winds continue until 9 pm!

Hang on to your hats, small pets and children!

It wouldn’t take long to dry clothes on the clothesline (if you could keep them attached)! Our peak wind gust so far this afternoon has been 53 mph and sustained winds between 20 to 25 mph. All part of the cold front and cooler weather moving through the state!

The National Weather Service in Great Falls has extended the high wind warning until 9 pm tonight.

On the way to work about 12:45 pm I saw small flakes of snow and then a change to rain on the windshield as I headed toward. I looked at the temperature on the car dash and it said 45 degrees! You know it’s Montana when that happens.

We expect to see a couple of cooler days and nights with showers possible. Night time lows around 25-30 degrees can be hard on young plants, blossoms and leaves. Let’s hope that everything stays in good shape this spring instead of weather that destroyed many trees the last couple of springs.

It looks like we will need to deal with northwest winds tonight and a low around 30.

Daytime highs through Thursday in the upper 30’s.

By Friday we should be close to 50 with partly sunny skies.

Showers possible both Saturday and Sunday with daytime highs staying in the low 50’s.

Please be careful driving and walking in the gusty winds!

Fred

Wednesday      Mostly cloudy/snow/rain showers   38/28 (40%)

NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-EASTERN GLACIER-HILL-CASCADE-
CHOUTEAU-CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LEWIS AND CLARK-TOOLE-LIBERTY-
EASTERN PONDERA-BLAINE-SOUTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-
EASTERN TETON-JUDITH BASIN-FERGUS-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...BROWNING...MARIAS PASS...
LOGAN PASS...CUT BANK...HAVRE...GREAT FALLS...KINGS HILL PASS...
BIG SANDY...FORT BENTON...HELENA...MACDONALD PASS...LINCOLN...
ROGERS PASS...SHELBY...CHESTER...CONRAD...CHINOOK...CHOTEAU...
FAIRFIELD...STANFORD...LEWISTOWN...LEWISTOWN DIVIDE
201 PM MDT TUE MAY 4 2010


THE HIGH WIND WARNING HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS
EVENING.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: STRONG AND GUSTY WEST WINDS WILL
  CONTINUE ACROSS MOST OF CENTRAL AND NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA.

* WINDS: WEST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 35 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 65
  MPH ARE EXPECTED THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING WITH HIGHER GUSTS
  POSSIBLE IN HILL...BLAINE...EASTERN CHOUTEAU...AND FERGUS COUNTIES.

* OTHER IMPACTS: STRONG WINDS MAY CAUSE DANGEROUS DRIVING
  CONDITIONS...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES OR
  VEHICLES PULLING TRAILERS. SNOW COMBINED WITH STRONG WINDS
  ALONG THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE WILL CAUSE REDUCED VISIBILITIES
  DUE TO SIGNIFICANT BLOWING SNOW...POSSIBLY IMPEDING TRAVEL
  THROUGH FAVORED CANYONS AND MOUNTAIN PASSES.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: FAIRFIELD...CHOTEAU...STANFORD...
  CHINOOK...CONRAD...BROWNING...MARIAS PASS...LOGAN PASS...
  SHELBY...CHESTER...CUT BANK...HAVRE...GREAT FALLS... KINGS
  HILL PASS...BIG SANDY...FORT BENTON...HELENA... MACDONALD
  PASS...LINCOLN...ROGERS PASS...LEWISTOWN... LEWISTOWN DIVIDE

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS
OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.
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