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Thursday Afternoon STORMTracker Forecast

An active weather pattern now setting tonight through Monday and there will be travel impacts across Montana. Tonight into Friday strong winds will developing in high wind prone areas along the rocky mountain front and continental divide and stronger winds in the Norris Hill and Livingston areas. The National Weather Service has issued a HIGH WIND WARNING for Madison county now through midnight on Friday. West winds sustained 25 to 40 mph and gusting at times between 50 and 65 mph. HIGH WIND WARNING is also in effect until midnight Friday for Great Falls, Helena, MacDonald Pass, Kings Hill Pass, Flesher Pass, Lincoln, Rogers Pass, Choteau up to Browning. West winds 30 to 45 mph gusting at times between 55 to 65 mph and peak gusts close to 75 mph. ____________________________________________________________________________ WIND ADVISORY continues for the Livingston area including I-90 through noon on Saturday. SW Winds sustained 35 to 50 mph and gusting at times to 60 to 70 mph. ___________________________________________________________________________ Avalanche WARNINGS continue in Madison, Gallatin and Park counties and for the Gallatin National Forest. Heavy snowfall and high winds have created widespread instability. Natural and human triggered slides are likely on all slopes. The avalanche danger is rated HIGH in the Bridger, Gallatin and Madison ranges, the Lionhead area outside of West Yellowstone and mountains around Cooke City. VERY DANGEROUS AVALANCHE conditions exist and travel in the backcountry is not recommended. ______________________________________________________________________________ As we head into the weekend our warm and windy weather will transition into a cold, snowy and windy weather pattern. A pacific storm will move into the region beginning Friday afternoon and as it drops from NW to SE through the state, Arctic air will move in behind the storm. Rain changing to snow along with very strong surface winds will produce hazardous travel conditions for the valleys and over the mountain passes. Snow accumulations will vary greatly in SW Montana, however, rain changing to snow and flash freezing as cold air digs in on Saturday will produce very icy roadways. Watch my on demand video forecast for a look at the timing of... Read Story

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