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

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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

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.

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