Archive for November, 2011

The news is out. I retire at the end of this year.

November 10, 2011

As we all know life is so unpredictable. You can have a plan but you never really know what is around the next corner. While I have my heath and feel great it is time to enter the next phase of my life.

After 25 years in radio and over 23 years in television I have decided to retire. I have loved my 15 ½ year stay at KRTV and having you, the viewer watch me gradually age before your eyes.

Effective the end of the year I am retiring and my last day on air will be December 15th. I want to thank you for your loyalty. My wife and I plan to stay in Great Falls and together we will enjoy this new chapter in our lives.

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Big News Tonight!

November 10, 2011

Big news from me at 10 pm tonight. See you at 10 pm!!!

High Winds Expected Thursday and Friday

November 9, 2011

We can expect mild temperatures both Thursday and Friday, but gusty winds will be the reason for our warm readings.  A high wind warning for the RM Front for high-profile vehicles as well.

National Weather Service Weather Story

NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-EASTERN GLACIER-
SOUTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...BROWNING...MARIAS PASS...
CUT BANK...CHOTEAU
311 PM MST WED NOV 9 2011

...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 5 AM MST
SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A HIGH
WIND WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 5 AM
MST SATURDAY. THE HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: WEST WINDS WILL INCREASE ALONG THE ROCKY
  MOUNTAIN FRONT LATE TONIGHT AND THEN SPREAD INTO EASTERN GLACIER
  COUNTY ON THURSDAY AND CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING.
  STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED ON FRIDAY. WINDS COULD DECREASE
  FOR A WHILE THURSDAY NIGHT.

* WINDS: WEST WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH ARE
  EXPECTED THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT. WIND GUSTS TO 75 MPH
  ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH FAVORED MOUNTAIN PASSES AND CANYONS.

* OTHER IMPACTS: TRAVELERS WITH HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES SHOULD USE
  EXTREME CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING...ESPECIALLY ON NORTH-SOUTH
  ORIENTED HIGHWAYS SUCH AS U.S. 89 AND ALONG HIGHWAY 2 FROM CUT
  BANK TO MARIAS PASS. SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CAUSE REDUCED
  VISIBILITIES AND SLIPPERY ROADWAYS THURSDAY NIGHT INTO
  FRIDAY...PARTICULARLY THROUGH MOUNTAIN PASSES INCLUDING MARIAS
  PASS.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: CUT BANK...CHOTEAU...BROWNING...
  MARIAS PASS

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.

By this weekend a couple of cold front moves through our area and temperatures cool down sharply. We also have a pretty fair chance of seeing some rain and snow mixed, changing to snow as it cools off at night.

Have a great evening!

Fred

A snowy weekend with warmer weather later this week

November 7, 2011

Right on target we did see about an inch of snow Friday night into Saturday. And then another dusting Saturday night and Sunday! Some slide offs and accidents, just a reminder we need to all adjust our driving habits for winter conditions.

Here is picture sent to us from Helena, yes enough snow to build a snowman, but as the picture shows he had a short life!

We talk about warmer weather coming later in the week, this time of the year that also normally means gusty Chinook winds. So be prepared for some stronger wind gusts and warmer temperatures as we work our way through the week.

National Weather Service Weather Story

Enjoy the sunshine this week and have a great day!

Fred

Some snow and stay bundled up this weekend!

November 4, 2011

Updated NWS Weather Story

Much colder air enters Montana this weekend!

November 4, 2011

We are already seeing the impact of the cold front moving into north and western sections of Montana. Temperatures have dropped into the 30’s and we expected to see an inch or two of snow from this latest storm system.

Athough the moisture doesn’t last long the colder temperatures will want to hang around! Chill this weekend with some warming into the lower 40’s by Monday. A normal high this time of the year should be closer to 50 degrees.

Be prepared for freezing roadways and some snow. Slow down, allow extra time to get to your destination and leave extra space between the vehicle in front of you as we get used to winter driving conditions again.

Stay safe!

Fred

NWS Weather Story

Winter weather returning Friday late!

November 3, 2011

We are busy tracking the next storm that will usher in northerly winds by mid-day Friday as a cold front moves into the state and mixes with moisture.  Cold enough to be snow, so caution is advised.

The other features is cold temperatures that linger through the weekend.  Snow amounts are not looking all that impressive but be prepared for winter driving. Higher elevations of course will get more snow than the plains!

NWS Weather Story

Drive safely,

Fred

Gusty winds ahead of a cold weather system

November 2, 2011

Gusty winds will be the general rule today and Friday as another strong cold front moves our way with plenty of cold air and some moisture. The jury is still out on accumulations but snow is in the forecast for Friday and part of Saturday.

NWS Weather Story

The latest forecast models show the upcoming storm system arriving a bit later and snow totals not as impressive as earlier in the week. The Cut Bank area should see snow begin Friday and end overnight with 1″-3″.  The mountains could see anywhere from 3″ to 6″ of snowfall over the same period.

From Great Falls to Have and Lewistown the snow begins toward the Friday evening hours and should end by Saturday morning. Lower elevations could see an inch of snow with 1″-3″ in the mountains. The Kings Hill area could see a few inches as well.  Bridge decks could become icy Friday night.

The cooler air behind the cold front will still stick around through the weekend. Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end at 2 am Sunday morning!

Fred