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Brutal conditions continue to hit Rocky Mountain Front

Wind driven snow was creating almost zero visibility on U.S. 2 near Browning Tuesday morning- MDT photo (BROWNING)- This is turning out to be another week of brutal conditions on the Rocky Mountain Front. 

And from the look of next week's forecast there doesn't seem to be a lot of relief in sight.

After being hit with more snow late last week, and then temperatures that plunged to more than 20 below to start this week, winds continued to howl all along the Front Tuesday morning. While air temperatures were warmer, the strong winds were creating hazardous driving conditions closing many of the area roads, especially around Browning and East Glacier. 

The Montana Department of Transportation had closed U.S. 2 from the summit of Marias Pass into Browning Tuesday morning after conditions made the route nearly impassable. 

And there's more winter where that came from. Forecasters are predicting cold air will "slump" out of the Arctic again next week, combining with incoming Pacific moisture in a classic "La Nina" pattern, which should bring a good chance for more snow and cold, especially along the front and across North Central Montana. 


Strong winds forecast, red flag warnings posted for Flathead A shift to more fall-like weather will give areas west of the Divide a final shot of summer-like fire danger as conditions change on Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from noon until midnight Monday for gusty winds and low humidities across the Flathead and into Glacier National Park. Westerly winds of 15 to 25-miles per hour, with some gusts up to 35 are expected to start developing in the higher elevations around mid-day Monday, peaking in the later evening hours. 

Forecasters say some of the ridge tops in the park could see winds gusting 40-to-45 miles per hour. 

The big concern is for the combination of the winds, and low humidity, which could run as low as 20% until sometime overnight, increasing the risk of fire starts. 

The warnings cover the Flathead and west side of Glacier, extending down the east side of Flathead Lake into the Mission Range, as well as the Seeley-Swan and western edge of the Bob Marshall. 

A high wind watch is posted for the Rocky Mountain Front and eastern areas of the park and the Bob. 

Gusty winds are expected through most of Western Montana as the weather pattern changes going into Tuesday, with choppy conditions on Flathead Lake, as well as McDonald and other lakes on the west side of Glacier.