Warming temperatures are coming Friday through Sunday

Posted at 4:02 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 18:02:03-05

BOZEMAN – A short-lived warming trend is here! But it’s a slow transition so one more night with forecast lows below zero for cold prone valleys in SW Montana Friday morning.

Lows Thursday morning dropped off into the teens through the lower 30s below zero across SW Montana for cold prone valleys with ample snow-cover, clear skies, and no wind. Elk Park, Wisdom, West Yellowstone, Georgetown Lake and Wise River were the cold spots in the state Thursday morning.

Pattern change is underway right now and temperatures will be climbing near to slightly above normal levels by Friday afternoon. Along the Rocky mountain front Chinook winds will aid in warming temperatures but could also increase grassland fire danger Friday through Sunday near Great Falls.

Gusty winds will develop in SW Montana along the Continental Divide, Norris Hill, Ennis, and in the Livingston area. These regions could see max temperatures hit the mid to upper 40s this weekend.

The next weather maker will be a cold front arriving Sunday night into Monday morning. This cold front will produce areas of snow, wind, and usher in colder Canadian air. There will likely be some difficult travel conditions for morning commutes Monday into Tuesday.

The above on-demand STORMTracker video forecast will walk you through the timing of the cold front Sunday into Monday.