Stay active after the big weekend storm

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A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY continues for mountains along and west of the Continental Divide.

It was an impressive snowstorm in October for much of Montana. While most areas saw flakes, the accumulation was highly dependent on elevation. While some areas had little to no accumulation, just up the road and into the higher ground there was over a foot of snow. The Big Sky area had the most with over 2.5 feet. Precipitation amounts were abundant across the state, so a fair amount of moisture soaked into the ground. Going forward, a few weak systems will cross the state with less moisture, mostly confined to the mountains along and west of the Continental Divide. So while you may not need to get the snow shovel out anymore, the trade-off will be increased wind. At times this week, this weekend and next week the wind will be absolutely relentless across the plains and over the Continental Divide. Tuesday will be a windy day for much of the state as gusts are expected to reach between 30 and 40 mph. The sky will be partly to mostly cloudy with scattered rain/snow showers in the lower elevations and snow showers in the mountains. Peaks will be in the 40s to around 50s, but 20s and 30s in the mountains. Any snow accumulation will be confined to the mountains. Wednesday will be a great day for most of the state. There will be partly to mostly sunny skies, lighter winds and slightly warmer temperatures in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Western Montana will have more clouds and a few snow showers in the mountains, but this storm will track further south than across the state. Thursday will be partly cloudy and windy, especially over the Divide and across the plains. Temperatures will gradually rise into the 50s for the most part. Friday will be mostly cloudy with a strong wind again in the plains and in the mountains. There won’t be much wind in the valleys or west of the Continental Divide. Highs will be in the 50s. This weekend isn’t looking bad if you can handle the wind. For Saturday and Sunday, the sky will be partly to mostly cloudy but it will be dry. Highs will be in the 50s to around 60s. Average wind speeds during the day will range between 20 and 40 mph. There will be gusts over 60 mph, especially along the Rocky Mountain front. Halloween is Monday and a new storm will set in with mixed rain and snow showers in the lower elevations and snow in the mountains. Highs will be in the 40s and 50s, which isn’t bad. What will be bad is the wind and it should affect most of the state. So make sure some of these little tips or tricks don’t get blown away!
Have a nice day!
Curtis Grevenitz

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