Snow for the West and Mountains; Wind in the East
As far as the weather is concerned, the state can almost be split in two. Pacific moisture continuing to move up and over the higher elevations will continue to bring snow to our state’s mountains for the next few days. Winter Storm Watches are in effect this weekend for the western mountains including the Teton and Gros Ventre Mountains, the Absaroka Mountains and portions of the Wind Rivers. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for the Snowy and Sierra Madre ranges through 12 noon Saturday.
While this weather pattern leaves the state’s mountains with good chances for snow, it puts the lower elevations in the position for a lot of wind. Several High Wind Warnings and High Wind Watches are in effect for many portions of the state through much of the weekend. Sustained winds out of the west to southwest at 35 to 45 mph are expected, with gusts up to 65 mph or stronger at times.