A nice St. Patrick’s Day! Friday looks great.

I hope you are enjoying the pleasant weather for St. Patrick’s Day!

This evening a ridge of high pressure will move into Montana and allow for dry weather Friday with temperatures above seasonal norms. We have seen a lot of moisture in parts of Montana this winter, and it reminds us that the months of March, April and May tend to be our wetter months.

The LaNina pattern that brought us the wet winter is starting to fade and it appears that it should be completely gone by June. Between now and then it is a waiting game to see what happens to all the snow we have, and how fast it comes out of the higher elevations.

In a weather briefing today Hill and Blaine counties still have a lot of snow to melt and besides small creeks and streams the most likely area to see high water this spring is Harlem, with a much less extent Havre. Another storm system moving in Monday and Tuesday hopefully will be cool enough to see snow fall and not rain. The National Weather Service is concerned about rain falling on snow, which causes rapid melting.

Overnight we expect partly cloudy skies with light southwest winds and a low in the upper 20’s.

Friday mostly sunny and a high in the lower 50’s.

Saturday partly sunny with a chance of afternoon showers and a high near 50.

Sunday partly sunny and slightly cooler with mid 40’s and a chance of showers.

Monday mostly cloudy with a chance of snow and a high in the upper 30’s.

Tuesday snow likely with a high in the upper 30’s.

Fred

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