Western Montana is getting a major, quick moving front tonight with wind gusts up to 50 mph. Higher elevations are the focus. Missoula and Butte are included in this advisory.

According to the National Weather Service:

... WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 11 AM MST WEDNESDAY...

IMPACTS/TIMING: AFTER 10 PM MST A COLD FRONT WILL QUICKLY MOVE ACROSS THE REGION. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE BRIEF, LASTING LESS THAN HALF AN HOUR, AND WILL OCCUR WITH THE FRONT. WINDS MAY CAUSE DOWNED TREES, POWER OUTAGES, AND UNSECURED OBJECTS LIKE GARBAGE CANS TO BLOW AROUND.

WINDS: VALLEYS MAY SEE LITTLE WIND MOST OF THE NIGHT WITH EXPOSED LOCATIONS GUSTING 20-30 MPH.

HOWEVER, WHEN THE FRONT PASSES, A BRIEF PERIOD OF WIND GUSTS 40-50 MPH IS LIKELY, WITH GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 50 MPH LIKELY IN EXPOSED AREAS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... HIGHWAY 2 KALISPELL TO LIBBY... HIGHWAY 37 EUREKA TO LIBBY... HIGHWAY 56 BULL LAKE ROAD... HIGHWAY 93 EUREKA TO WHITEFISH... BAD ROCK CANYON... ESSEX... HIGHWAY 83 BIGFORK TO SWAN LAKE... MARIAS PASS... POLEBRIDGE... FLATHEAD LAKE... FLATHEAD VALLEY... MISSION VALLEY... POLSON... EVARO HILL... HIGHWAY 200 THOMPSON FALLS TO PLAINS... HIGHWAY 200 TROUT CREEK TO HERON... I-90 LOOKOUT PASS TO HAUGAN... BITTERROOT VALLEY... MISSOULA... HIGHWAY 93 SULA TO LOST TRAIL PASS... LOLO PASS... BUTTE... GEORGETOWN LAKE... HIGHWAY 12 GARRISON TO ELLISTON... HOMESTAKE PASS... MACDONALD PASS... HIGHWAY 200 BONNER TO GREENOUGH... HIGHWAY 83 SEELEY LAKE TO CONDON... I-90 EAST MISSOULA TO BEARMOUTH

High Wind Advisory