Short but strong storm hits tonight

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A fast moving cold front will affect the state tonight through Tuesday morning with a few showers and snow aloft. Another front with some light showers is likely again this Saturday. Those are really the only two stormy days you can expect this week. There will also be a bit more wind, which may blow some leaves off the trees. Otherwise, there’s more pleasant fall weather on tap for much of the state.
This cold front will move quickly across the state with showers, a few isolated thunderstorms and higher elevation snow above about 7000 feet. If you sleep a little later on Tuesday morning, you might miss the storm altogether. By mid to late morning, most showers and clouds will move through and out of southern Montana toward Wyoming. It will be windy and cool behind the front with highs in the 50s and 60s. On Wednesday the weather will return to more sunshine with near average highs in the 60s. Another mild dry stretch will continue into Thursday and Friday. Highs will be in the 60s and lows in the 70s under mostly sunny skies. The weekend will start choppy with mostly cloudy skies and scattered showers on Saturday. There will also be some snow at higher elevations. Peaks will cool in the 50s in the lower elevations, but in the 30s and 40s in the mountains. Sunday will save the weekend with the sun returning and highs in the 60s to around 70s. Dry, sunny and warm weather will continue through the middle of next week. Longer range, stormy and colder weather is likely for the last 10-12 days of October.
Have a nice day!
Curtis Grevenitz
Chief Meteorologist

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