Published 11:38 MT 23 February 2020 |
A February pickup from winter will end on Sunday when a 20-degree drop in temperature is expected, according to the Great Falls National Weather Service.
Faced with a cold front moving from west to east, temperatures will drop from the 1940s to the 1920s starting on Sunday afternoon, the weather report said.
Sunday evening for Great Falls: Chance of rain before 9:00 PM, then chance of snow between 9:00 PM and 2:00 AM mostly cloudy, with a minimum of around 27. Breezy, with a southwest wind around 24 mph , with gusts up to 33 mph. The probability of precipitation is 50%. A new snow accumulation of less than half an inch is possible.
Monday: Chance of snow before 13:00, then chance of rain and snow. Partly cloudy, with a peak close to 37. Breezy, with a west wind of 21 to 23 mph that turns northwest in the afternoon. Winds can blow up to 32 mph. The probability of precipitation is 50%. A new snow accumulation of less than half an inch is possible.
Winter weather warnings have been issued for Rocky Mountain Front and the Kings Hill area, where confidence in snow accumulations from noon to noon is greatest.
Strong western winds, which can blow near 50 mph, will occur in the snow, the weather report said.
Snow squall warnings are possible due to strong winds, blowing snow, poor visibility, short periods of heavy snow and slippery roads.
The most favorite area for snow squalls is in southwestern Montana on Sunday evening.
Heating temperatures and drier conditions are expected to return by mid-week.
Karl Puckett covers the city of Great Falls and Cascade County for the Tribune. He can be reached at kpuckett @ greatfallstribune or 406-791-1471, or on Twitter at @GFTrib_KPuckett.
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