Very windy, with a south southeast wind 14 to 19 miles per hour becoming north 27 to 32 miles per hour after midnight.
Friday will be rainy, with a high of 55.
South wind at 5-10 miles per hour.
The sun will rise at 7:54:51 a.m. Thursday and will set at 5:22:38 p.m. Up to 3 inches of snow possible in valley locations with this initial push of winter weather, the National Weather Service in Missoula said in its daily forecast discussion. As high pressure slides off the coast, we will have a brisk south wind.
The change over to sleet, snow and freezing rain begins around Muscle Shoals and the northwest corner of the state by midmorning Friday; the transition line will work steadily eastward during the day. The snow could continue into Saturday as well. According to the Spokesman-Review this January has featured historic lows for snowfall in the Inland Northwest as only.2 inches of snow has fallen so far in Spokane.
Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high of 31 and low of 19. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. "Temperatures Sunday morning and Monday morning will likely be in the single digits, and with the wind, we will probably have wind chills below 0".
There are still questions about precipitation type: rain will change to a mixture first (rain, sleet and potentially some freezing rain) and then to snow as it is tapering off.
Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 35. Coupled with high winds, travel could become extremely unsafe if not impossible.
The majority of Cass, Crow Wing and Aitkin counties may get some of the heaviest snowfall with 4-6 inches.
This swath of snow could be heavy, and there's potential for significant ice accumulation in areas where freezing rain is most persistent.