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Strong winds rocking parts of Montana

Hurricane-force winds gusts
Posted at 10:46 AM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-01 18:00:46-05

Powerful winds are once again rocking parts of north-central Montana, particularly along and east of the northern Rocky Mountain Front.

On Saturday morning, the National Weather Service in Great Falls reported a gust of 106 miles per hour at the Deep Creek weather station in Glacier County.

Babb recorded a wind gust of 92 miles per hour, and Browning had one recorded at 89 miles per hour.

Other recorded gusts include Cut Bank Airport at 78 mph, Choteau at 74 mph, Rogers Pass at 65 mph, and Great Falls and Cascade both at 63 mph.

The strong winds are expected to continue throughout the day, and a Red Flag Warning will be in effect for much of the area throughout Saturday. The combination of warm, dry air, coupled with strong winds and minimal snow cover will lead to an increased risk of grassland fires. The NWS said: "Please be mindful of any activity that could create a spark under these critical fire weather conditions."

Sunday is looking very different than Saturday. A cold front will pass through Saturday night, bringing calmer winds, cooler temperatures, and even the chance for snow.