After a short period of cooling today, a cold front passes south over the region tonight, bringing with it the return of chilly temperatures as well as a dusting of light snow to the region.
Another system is expected to deliver light snow to areas of the region Thursday night into early Friday morning. By Sunday, temperatures will have returned to a more or less typical range.
Because there were no substantial modifications to the previous shift's discussion of the key weather highlights for the next week, no significant adjustments were made to this topic.
Though Wind Chill Warning and Wind Chill Advisory are extended through Wednesday night, I anticipate that the western and southern zones will be canceled before 6 a.m.
Thursday expiration time due to the projected warming trend throughout Wednesday night from the southwest to the northeast.
For the foreseeable future, temperatures throughout the area will continue to ride the roller coaster for most of the week, with the hottest two-day stretch forecast during the next weekend as high temperatures reach near or even above average for the time of year.
Preparing for the weekend, modest warming into the single digits to teens above zero is expected today and then again on Thursday, as increasing south to southwesterly winds cause some downslope warming.
After a series of fast-moving cold fronts pass through the state on either side of these two days, cold air in the form of daytime highs ranging from the teens to single digits below zero in Central and North Central Montana, to the single digits to teens above zero in Southwest Montana, is expected.
With temperatures predicted to fluctuate from the single digits above and below zero in Southwest Montana to the teens and twenties below zero in Central and North Central Montana through the rest of the workweek, tonight and Wednesday night will likely be among the coldest of the week.
Finally, it should be noted that winds are likely to develop high throughout the nighttime hours of Wednesday, particularly over the Rocky Mountain Front and across the nearby eastern plains.