NW Montana: 75 MPH Winds Possible Through Friday Morning
Whoa. Cut Bank, Browning, Heart Butte, and Choteau are going to see some crazy wind gusts through Friday morning. Please use extra caution if you're traveling through any of these areas.
Basically, any road/town just east of Glacier National Park or east of the Flathead National Forest will be prone to dangerous wind gusts through Friday morning. There are essentially three counties involved in this particular Wind Warning.
Highways 287 and 89 North will be directly affected by this High Wind Warning.
According to the National Weather Service:
HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM MDT FRIDAY.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THIS WIND WARNING: Southwest winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 75 mph expected.
WHERE IS THIS WIND WARNING: The Rocky Mountain Front, including all of Glacier County. Areas east of Glacier National Park and east of the Flathead National Forest.
WHEN IS THIS WIND WARNING IN EFFECT: Until 9 AM Friday.
IMPACTS OF THIS WIND WARNING: Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines, making for dangerous conditions on roads. Be extra vigilant watching for damaged power poles, etc.
Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles (tall vehicles). Slow down and always use your headlights, even during the day. High winds can cause dust storms that reduce visibility.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: People are urged to secure loose objects on their property, including Halloween decorations. Anything hanging from trees or a porch will probably blow away! Don't lose your decorations. These wind gusts will be strong.
Winds this strong can make traveling difficult. Also use extreme caution if you are recreating in the back country. Drastic wind gusts can blow over trees and snap branches overhead.