Today defined blustery with high temperatures in the low-to-mid 50s (still several degrees below normal) and winds sustained at 15-20 mph, gusting to 30 mph. We’ve started a warming trend, but it’s an incremental one. Tonight still feels pretty wintry before we can appreciate the lesser winds and sunshine Friday afternoon.
Through Tonight: It’s clear, breezy and downright cold for the season. Lows dip into the upper 20s in the colder suburbs with low-to-mid 30s downtown. Factor in a wind from the northwest over 10 mph at times, and it feels another 5 degrees or so colder.
Friday: It’s still not exactly a warm air mass, but forward progress compared to today. Under sunny skies, we make the climb into the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds are some 10 mph gentler compared to this afternoon, making it feel a good deal warmer.
Western storm: A major winter storm (named Brutus by the Weather Channel) as formed in the intermountain west. Winter storm and blizzard warnings cover the northern Rockies and extend into the northern Plains. The cold front that has plowed through Montana has produced some dramatic temperature drops. Compared to yesterday, temperatures are down 37 degrees in Great Falls and Lewistown and 32 degrees in Butte (source @accuweather on Twitter).