Missoula and all of western Montana suffered a long night of high winds, downed trees and power outages, meteorologist Travis Booth of the National Weather Service’s office in Missoula said early Tuesday morning.
“Here at Missoula Airport, our peak gust was 68 miles per hour, and it was around 11:00 pm.” said Booth. “Looking at the top of the mountain on Point Six, they hit gusts of 75 miles per hour. The highest wind gust we have ever recorded here at Missoula Airport was 79 miles per hour, which happened during a thunderstorm. I don’t have the exact date.
Booth provided anecdotal reports of damage from the high winds on Monday night.
“We have had a few reports,” he said. “There was a media report of a rooftop in Upper Miller Creek where a section blew up. There was also a report of a downed tree at the intersection of Brooks and Mount, but beyond that it was just a scattering of power outages, most likely caused by downed trees. interfering with power lines.
Booth said the strong winds will continue throughout Tuesday.
“The strongest winds have happened before, but it will continue to be quite windy today,” he said. “We still expect gusts ranging from 25 to a few gusts to over 40 miles per hour throughout the day, but compared to those gusts at night, it can feel windy at this point.”
Booth said the winds brought with them the possibility of heavy bands of snow in western Montana.
“At the moment we have a few snow showers in the area,” he said. snow bands. The thing to watch out for would be this dramatic drop in visibility and the heavy snowfall and wind gusts associated with it. It could be a bit dangerous for the evening commute in particular. “
Today’s highs will be in the mid to 30s.