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Enjoy the last day of warmer, calm weather tomorrow

Near record-breaking temperatures on the way
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Posted at 4:08 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 18:08:27-04

MISSOULA — If you’ve been outside today, you’ve probably felt the breeze no matter where you live in Western Montana.

Valleys could get gusts as high as 30 MPH while upper ridges and peaks could see gusts up to 50 MPH through this evening.

Wind will calm overnight, and we can expect to wake up to a calm and clear morning.

Showers stay out of the area tomorrow, and Wednesday will be our best bet to see more sunshine than we’ve seen in a while.

Highs tomorrow top out close to average- in the mid to upper 60s.

Soak it up while you can, because we track a big change moving into the forecast for the end of the week.

A low pressure system will set off showers on Thursday, and temperatures will drop into the 50s during the day and upper 30s at night.

Friday afternoon, snow showers will develop across the Northwest as a cold front moves through.

Very cold temperatures and snowfall follow behind this front as it pushes south.

Snow accumulation amounts could total up to 3 feet in some areas around the Northern Rockies in upper elevations.

Some valleys along the Rockies will see some snow accumulation, but most of us in lower elevations will just receive a wintry mix that likely will not accumulate.

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Friday through Sunday: details can be seen in the graphic above.

Some things to keep in mind going into the weekend:

Overnight lows will be in the 20s and low 30s this weekend, and some upper elevations could see lows drop into the teens.
Overnight lows will be in the 20s and low 30s this weekend, and some upper elevations could see lows drop into the teens.
Wet, heavy snow accumulation in mountains could result in slick passes and reduced visibility.
Wind gusts will also be high on Saturday, and wet, heavy snow on power lines with the wind blowing could cause power outages (on top of reducing visibility).
We will be keeping a very close eye to this weekend’s forecast.