Archive for November, 2011

Cold front arrives right on schedule with snow!

November 30, 2011

Just as expected the cold front arrived around 10 am this morning and winds began to shift to the northwest. Our peak wind gust ocurred at 11:54 am with a 48 mph wind gust. Driving conditions are expected to deteriorate during the afternoon with falling temperatures, snow and blowing snow with bitter wind chill factors. Be prepared for winter driving conditions!

Great Falls NWS Weather Story

Glasgow NWS Weather Story

Adjust your driving patterns for winter conditions and be aware of strong wind gusts as well.

Have a great day!

Fred

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Winter Weather arriving soon!

November 29, 2011

A strong but quick moving Canadian cold front is closing in on Montana bringing cold temperatures and snow. Amounts vary from area to area. Here is the latest map of the state showing the warning/advisory areas, the entire state is now involved.

NWS Great Falls Weather Story

Glasgow NWS Weather Story

For complete weather information log on to either krtv.com or kxlh.com!

Be prepared and stay safe!

Fred

A nice day to start the week. Snow coming later!

November 28, 2011

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and the weather couldn’t be nicer with sunshine and highs in the upper 40’s!

An Arctic cold front will cross the Canadian border Wednesday morning and move southwest during the day. Temperature will also be falling during the day with widespread snow and strong gusty winds continuing Wednesday night.

Once we pull out of the storm temperatures will be in the 30’s and low 40’s through the end of the week!

I hope you have an enjoyable evening.

Fred

Windy but warmer as we head toward Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2011

It was good to see about 3 inches of snow but even better to feel it warm up after a couple of chilly days!

Chinook winds return and that helps warm us up during the week. Highs in the 40’s again and winds are expected to get stronger.

NWS Weather Story

As we get closer to Thanksgiving and especially the day after another round of moisture is expected. The main target at this point appears to the the northern Rocky Mountain Front.

NWS Weather Story 2

It’s that time of the year to have gloves and a pair of warm boots and gloves handy. Our weather can change rapidly that is for sure!

I hope you have a great evening!

Fred

Winter Weather has arrived. Storm Warning above 5,000′

November 18, 2011

There is no question about the forecast, a winter storm is hitting west and central Montana. A Winter Storm Warning above 5,000′ with 6″ to 12″ of snow and gusty winds creating dangerous driving conditions.

Below 5,000′ feet in our area we have a Winter Weather Advisory with 2″ to 5″ of snow for the plains.

A wind chill advisory for eastern Montana for tonight and Saturday as well. Just a good evening and weekend to use care when traveling, be prepared for winter driving conditions.  You can watch the weather at krtv.com or kxlh.com and keep up with the changing forecast and weather information.

NWS Weather Story

Please have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Fred

The countdown toward retirement continues for me.

November 17, 2011

Last Thursday night I announced that I would be retiring from KRTV after 15 1/2 years. Following that announcement was a two-minute clip of memories from my early days at KRTV (a lot more hair too).

Every Thursday night at ten o’clock following the weather we will be featuring a few memories of my career here.

If you wish to see last week’s announcement it can be found at

http://www.krtv.com/player/?video_id=11004

It is fun to see just how much hair I had at one time. Today’s short hair is handy with all this wind we have been seeing today. So far 50 mph!

Have a good evening!

Fred

Getting ready for a strong storm!

November 16, 2011

A strong cold front is headed our way, with gusty winds ahead of it the next 24- 48 hours. Gusty winds Thursday keep the air temperature warm during the day, but by evening and Friday much colder weather arrives and sticks around for the weekend.

These two Weather Story slides from the National Weather Service sum up the what is ahead. Also you can follow all weather warnings, watches on krtv.com or kxlh.com

Have a pleasant evening!

Fred

Still on track for a very cold weekend!

November 15, 2011

A Canadian cold front is still on track to move southward through Montana Thursday night and usher in very cold air by Friday.

Some snowfall is likely Friday and Saturday, especially in the mountains. The exact snow amounts and time of the snowfall remain uncertain. We will know more as we watch this storm develop toward the end of the week.

Thursday ahead of the front gusty winds are likely along with warmer temperatures, but only for a day. Warm enough that we could see some rain showers!

NWS Weather Story

Get ready for very cold weather the end of this week!

November 14, 2011

All the computer models for weather are lining up with a good cold round of weather arriving by late in the week. We can expect high’s in the 30’s and one day even in the 40’s before the bottom falls out of the bottom of the thermometer on Friday!

NWS Weather Story - Brrrrrr!

We will keep an eye on this big change through the week, but it appears very warm coats and jackets will be in order this coming weekend.

Enjoy your evening!

Fred

Windy and warm today, cooler and a showery weekend!

November 11, 2011

It’s that time of the year that we can expect about anything. Strong gusty winds with highs in the 50’s for Veteran’s Day. We can expect gusty winds for a time yet this afternoon and this evening.

NWS Weather Story

A series of cold fronts line up and head our way beginning Saturday, resulting in much colder temperatures, and less wind but moisture in the form of snow or rain showers. Heaviest amounts are well west of Great Falls.

NWS Weather Story

If you are outdoors this weekend be prepared for winter like driving conditions especially at the higher elevations. Even rain can freeze on roads and bridge decks making for icy driving conditions.  Don’t forget the sidewalks too, they can become difficult to navigate if they become wet and freeze.

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend!

Fred