Weak pacific front arrives Friday night

Posted at 1:41 PM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 15:54:56-05

BOZEMAN – Temperatures likely to stay slightly above normal through early next week as a zonal flow builds. A few weakening pacific storms will bring clouds and wind to the state this weekend but not much moisture. Mountains will likely see a few snow showers Friday night and again early next week.

Surface winds will continue to be the bigger issue this weekend for wind prone areas along the Rocky mountain front and Continental divide. Locally, Ennis, Norris Hill, Three Forks, Whitehall, Monida pass and Livingston will be hardest hit with gusty winds this weekend.

The National Weather Service has a HIGH WIND WARNING up for the Livingston area through 5 am Saturday. This could be extended.

This region could see peak wind gusts up to 60 mph.

A rare event is this weekend! Comet Wirtanen will make it’s closest approach to Earth. Don’t worry it’s millions of miles away but close enough that we should be able to see it without the aid of special equipment.

The big event will be Sunday. If you are able to get any great pictures of the comet please share them with us by emailing your pictures to:

City by City Forecast:

BOZEMAN: LOW: 22°; HIGH SATURDAY: 39°. Mostly cloudy tonight with only a slight chance for a little snow as a weak pacific front passes through the state. Saturday mostly sunny and windy, SW winds 10 to 20 mph and gusts to 40 mph are possible.

BUTTE: LOW: 23°; HIGH SATURDAY: 35°. Mostly cloudy Friday night with a slight chance for snow. Partly cloudy and mild Saturday with SW winds 10 to 20 mph.

DILLON: LOW: 19°; HIGH SATURDAY: 37°. Partly cloudy to cloudy Friday night and breezy. Partly cloudy to mostly sunny Saturday with SW winds 10 to 20 mph and gusts to 40 mph. There is a slight chance for mostly mountain snow overnight.

WEST YELLOWSTONE: LOW: 9°; HIGH SATURDAY: 27°. Mostly cloudy Friday night with scattered snow and light accumulations. Mostly sunny Saturday. SW winds 10 to 20 mph are likely and gusts to 35 mph.