A bitterly cold night, new records and warming winds coming!

It was a very, very cold night in Montana last night and early this morning. The low unofficially at the Great Falls International Airport was -24 degrees. No record but still cold!

Record reports will be coming in later and I will add them as they arrive, so check back later today. So far here is what we have for new records:

January 31        -21 Chinook         Previous  (-10 1990)

February 1        -37 Fort Assinniboine   Previous (-30 1996)
-33 Dunkirk                 Previous (-26 1956)

There is relief in sight, although we can expect strong winds. Chinook warming winds are in our future as soon as tonight.

Overnight mostly cloudy with south winds developing between 10 and 20 mph with gusts near 30 mph. That will likely cause areas of blowing snow after midnight. The low around 10 degrees.

Wednesday increasing clouds and gusty southwest winds near 30 mph. High 32 with chill factors from -5 to -15 during the morning hours.

Thursday looks very wind with some gusts near 50 mph from the southwest and a high in the low 40’s.

Friday  mostly cloudy as another disturbance moves across the state with a chance of a few rain or snow showers and a high in the low 40’s.

Saturday mostly cloudy and a 50/50 chance of rain and snow. High in the upper 30’s.

Sunday mostly cloudy and a 50% chance of snow with a high around 30 degrees.

Stay warm and be prepared for warmer weather but also strong winds!

Fred

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