BOZEMAN – A small but powerful Pacific storm to impact Montana’s weather Wednesday into Thursday. This storm system will produce, strong surface winds, rain with isolated thunderstorms, and mountain snow.
A strong surface cold front and upper level Low will produce a wide variety of conditions Wednesday into Thursday.
The National Weather Service has issued a variety of highlights across the state.
The National Weather Service issued a WIND ADVISORY for areas west of the divide from Noon to midnight on Wednesday.
WSW surface winds sustained 25 to 35 mph and gusts at times over 40 mph is likely.
The Butte/Blackfoot region could see the strongest winds and gusts Wednesday afternoon and evening. I-90 that runs North/South between Butte and Deer Lodge will experience strong crosswinds especially around Warm Springs Wednesday afternoon and evening.
HIGH WIND WATCH
The National Weather Service issued a HIGH WIND WATCH from Livingston to Billings Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.
Sustained winds 25 to 45 mph are likely and peak gusts to or over 60 mph are possible. This watch will likely be upgraded to a warning by Wednesday morning.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for central Montana from 9 pm Wednesday to noon Thursday above 5,500’.
Snow accumulations of 5” to 11” is possible above 5,500’ and wind gusts over 40 mph will produce difficult to hazardous travel conditions.