Complex weather pattern for the weekend: Near-record heat, fire danger, and snow

Much colder air for Sunday and Monday
Posted at 8:02 AM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 10:02:22-05

Today's Forecast:
We have a complex forecast over the next few days. Your Friday will be a windy but mild day with winds between 10-20 mph with gusts near 30 mph for the afternoon. There is a chance of a few mountain snow showers while most of the region will have cloudy conditions with highs near 40 degrees and overnight lows in the middle and upper 20s.

BOZEMAN: High: 43; Low: 30. Mainly cloudy and breezy with a southwest wind between 10-20 mph.

BUTTE: High: 42; Low: 25. Mostly cloudy with clearing skies for the early evening. Winds will stay out of the southwest between 10-20 with gusts near 25 mph.

DILLON: High: 39; Low: 27. Overcast skies for the afternoon with a west wind between 15-30 mph.

WEST YELLOWSTONE: High: 29; Low: 17. Light snow showers will move in and out of the area for the morning before skies clear tonight.

Gusty wind and near-record high temperatures are possible on Saturday ahead of a strong cold front that moves in Saturday night. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued from 8 AM Saturday through 11 PM Saturday for Portions of Gallatin and Broadwater counties. Fire danger will be elevated with strong wind gusts between 30-60 mph, unusually warm temperatures, low humidity. The areas most affected by the potential of fire will be areas not covered in snow.

A cold front will drop in late on Saturday bringing snow and colder air back to the region overnight into Sunday. The latest model runs are pushing valley snow totals to 1”-2” by 8 AM Sunday, with a few areas east of the divide picking up close to 4” in valleys by Sunday evening. Some of these models may be a little high on snow totals, though I do expect the snow potential to be high through Sunday evening.

Highs will likely fall to the 30s on Sunday. Temperatures on Monday are expected to be in the 20s on Monday with slick roads for Sunday night and Monday morning.