A blast of winter like weather arrives Saturday

Posted at 6:07 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 20:07:01-04

BOZEMAN – Friday maximum temperatures jumped up into the 60s with a few lower 70s thanks to a strong westerly flow and stronger surface winds out ahead of a cold front.

Friday night into Saturday morning a strong surface cold front will bring increasing rain after midnight Friday that will likely change to snow by sunrise Saturday.

Temperatures will be a good 30 degrees or colder Saturday compared to Friday behind the cold front and a long duration cooling trend will grip not just Montana but most of the central U.S.

Wintry travel impacts are likely across Montana Saturday into Sunday as scattered snow showers and Northerly winds will produce icy roads and localized blowing snow.

The National Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory up tonight through Saturday evening along the Rocky mountain front and Continental Divide. Mountain passes could see snow accumulations between 3” to 8” and most valleys could see 1” – 3”.

Watch for icy conditions to develop with the abrupt temperature drop Saturday into Sunday.