Dangerous Wind Chill, Extreme Cold Forecast for Western Montana

Temperatures dipping to 20 degrees below zero expected for the Flathead

The National Weather Service is forecasting dangerous levels of wind chill and extreme cold for the week of Jan. 3-7.

According to the weather report, a winter storm arriving Sunday, Jan. 1, is expected to bring snowfall before it transitions to an extremely cold winter weather pattern on Monday, Jan. 2. By Monday morning, forecasters expect wind to cause blowing snow and poor visibility for travel, and the wind chill approaching minus 30 and minus 40 degrees by Monday evening.

Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 3-7, is expected to be terribly cold, with five days of extreme temperatures forecast. Near-record lows are expected in numerous areas, with 30 to 40 degrees below zero (and possibly colder) expected in Seeley Lake, Polebridge, and other areas outside the Flathead.

Recent snows and snow depth will contribute to the potential for extreme and near record low temperatures across western Montana. In addition, high temperatures will have a tough time approaching the 0°F mark in many areas,” NWS reported. 

Gov. Steve Bullock on Dec. 28 issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency and temporarily exempting carriers from “hours of service” regulations due to harsh winter conditions and an increased short-term demand for propane. The order temporarily suspends “hours of service” regulations for carriers actively involved in transporting propane, heating oil, and diesel fuel to communities across Montana.

“Montana’s winter weather can pose a serious threat to the livelihood of Montanans who depend on propane and heating oil,” Bullock said. “This Order will ensure the timely and necessary delivery of petroleum products so that Montanans keep warm in their homes and continue to work, even in the harshest of winter conditions.”

Sunday should bring 2 to 5 inches of snow to the valleys, with 4 to 8 inches in the mountains. Wind should be a factor in Bad Rock Canyon, with gusts up to 35 mph expected.

The Flathead Valley is expected to see minus 15 to  minus 20 degrees for those five days, NWS reported.

NWS reported high confidence in this forecast.

Here’s a breakdown of wind chill and how long a person can stand it before frostbite sets in.

windchillchart_full.pdf
  • Dave_Skinner

    Let’s see, that will be the second blast of the winter, we should get another the third week of January, maybe a final blue monster mid Feb. Normal.

  • geraldcuvillier

    Dadgum pesky global warming anyway.

    • Christopher Cunningham

      On a tangential note, it’s interesting how it can bias a person to move from a home in one climate zone to another. Winters in the Flathead are consistently 20 degrees warmer than from when I lived in west-central Minnesota so it feels like the winter weather warnings here exaggerate how cold it will be. Out on your end of Montana things get quite a bit more brisk though, yeah?

      • Rhett the Butler

        He’s in Trout Creek.

        • Christopher Cunningham

          Oh wow – not sure why but for the last year or so I’ve thought he lived out along the north line a couple hundred miles east of the valley. Oh well, thanks for the correction Rhett!

  • Christopher Cunningham

    Meh. The low in Kalispell next Tuesday is going to be -10 so I guess that means wearing a scarf while out walking?

  • geraldcuvillier

    Well Christopher, if you relocated because of the weather, according to Rhett, it is because of local weather not global weather. Try to figure that one out.

    • Rhett the Butler

      As Christopher said, he moved from one climate zone to another. In other words, from one locale to another locale. Reading is fundamental.

  • Snowbird

    Damn that man made global warming, its getting out of control!!
    Quick, put out the fires in your fireplaces and stoves! You are the reason this is happening!!!

    • Joe

      These kinds of comments are always funny to me. They are the equivalent of saying something along the lines of, “When I stand along the beach and look out, the world looks flat. So much for all those Round-Earth kooks and their liberal propaganda.”

  • geraldcuvillier

    The fundamentals is something you were never acquainted with .

    • Rhett the Butler

      Heh.

  • geraldcuvillier

    I knew it was above your intelligence level.

    • Rhett the Butler

      Shows how little you think you know.

      • Gators

        Another bully on the board,,,nice!

        • Rhett the Butler

          Quitcher sniveling, drug pusher.

          • Gators

            wow, it’s my drugs that keeps people alive..heart meds and copd meds. You probably take some now…you can thank me later…

          • Rhett the Butler

            Swing and a miss.

          • Gators

            oh, yea Prozac..that’s the ticket.

          • Rhett the Butler

            You sure know your drugs, pusherman.

          • Gators

            Yes, I do. I also know which docs are the best. I also sold for Parke-Davis, they had Lipitor. It helped save many people from dying. What have done to help anyone but use your nasty bully attitude?

          • Rhett the Butler

            heh

  • geraldcuvillier

    I know the weather covers the entire planet, it is not just local like you think.

    • Rhett the Butler

      Learn the difference between weather and climate.

  • geraldcuvillier

    Learn the difference between reality and fraud.

    • Rhett the Butler

      I did, that’s why I’m a leftist.

  • MontanaTrace

    Bring those pets in.

  • geraldcuvillier

    I would not be proud of that if I were you. You should hang your head in shame if you had any.

  • montanaeasy56

    This is so funny. It’s like the human race has never been subjected to these cold temperatures. The media hypes, hypes, and hypes on and on. That’s what’s wrong with us, the old people are losing their minds and the young people listen to this crap day after day and become afraid of their own shadows. Use common sense like we used to in the olden days….before I lost my mind!

  • montanaeasy56

    Funny how we never hear these sarcastic comments about “global warming” when the summer temps are broken every year. CLIMATE change is real and has been going on for quite some time. “Global warming” is used only in the winter months.

  • Gators

    stay warm and hope the power stays on.

    • Richard Jones

      f*ck off and go back to Floriduh.

      • Gators

        you and rhett the butler are cut from the same potty mouth, does that make you feel like a big man on campus? Pathetic..

        • Richard Jones

          Hey, you and Snowbird are cut from the same cloth as well.

          Constantly bragging about how smart you supposedly are, all while being a condescending a$$Hole. And, unlike you I actually went to college so I at least hold the potential to be a big man on campus.

          Ya dig?

          • Gators

            Don’t blame me for making a good life for myself, and helping people have a better life. Unlike you, who has a potty mouth answer, when you can’t think of anything else to say.

  • disqus_123ragnorok

    Back to normal weather. Good for controlling pine beetle populations.

  • geraldcuvillier

    Obviously you have not read my year long comments. I have been saying global warming or climate change or whatever you want to call it is a fraud. It is now and always has been a fraud and is nothing more than a power grab and money grab to invoke a United Nations tax of prosperous nations.

    • Rhett the Butler

      nope

  • geraldcuvillier

    Yep