Strong winds, bitter cold on the way now

Marlo Pronovost
Friday, January 10, 2020
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The wind is on its way back and in strong fashion.

Southwest winds will increase this afternoon, becoming strong by this evening with gusts  50 mph to 65 mph, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Significant blowing and drifting is being predicted, which will create poor visibility, dangerous crosswinds and slick roadways.

"Difficult to locally dangerous travel" is expected on I-90, west of Big Timber through Livingston. Roads in the Nye area will also be impacted.

Wind speeds will diminish late Saturday morning.

But this is just the start.

Sunday will bring what is being described as “significant cold snap” with

dangerous sub-zero temperatures. The mercury will dive Sunday, with bitter cold lasting the entire week.

The coldest period is expected to come Monday, Jan. 13, through Wednesday, Jan. 15, during which lows could be 20 degrees below and possibly push to 30 below.

The NWS urges the public to keep an emergency kit in their vehicles and limit outside time, due to the severe cold.