Dangerously cold temperatures take hold of Western Montana this week

Snow moves out, arctic air moves in
Posted at 3:27 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 17:30:52-05

MISSOULA — Snow moves out and arctic air moves in!

February has been the snowiest and now coldest month of the year!

Highs for West-Central and Southwest Montana will top tout in the mid to low 20s through midweek.

Northwest Montana will be much colder with highs in the teens and single digits.

During this first half of the week, wind will also be blowing across Western Montana, so with already very low highs and lows, expect things to FEEL much colder than they already are.

Wind Chill Advisories are in effect for parts of the Divide around Polebridge, Essex, etc. all the way to Polson Bay and Hot Springs.

Our wind chill values will drop to near 20-below-zero these areas.

By Thursday, we have a shift with even COLDER air moving in.

Highs around the Flathead Valley will be near ZERO degrees!

That’s the high!

Lows in the northwest will be in the negative high teens.

West-Central and Southwest Montana will top out in the high single digits and low teens Thursday afternoon before dropping to the low negative teens by Thursday night/Friday morning.

Make sure to keep yourself, pets, and livestock warmer during these frigid times!

Frostbite can occur in a matter of minutes with wind chill values this low during the overnight hours.