Wind gusts over 100 mph forecast on Rocky Mountain Front during 'high-wind event'

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A “high impact wind event” is forecast to hit the Rocky Mountain Front and the adjacent plains from Saturday night to Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Great Falls.

“Wind gusts in excess of 90 mph are expected at times, especially for areas along and west of the United States Hwy 89 corridor,” NWS Great Falls posted on Twitter Saturday morning.

Wind gusts of 100-120 mph could hit the Heart Butte area, as well as 80-100 mph in St. Mary.

The event is also expected to bring southwest winds of 35-50 mph.

Peak wind gusts forecast by NWS Great Falls for other immediate areas include:

  • Cut Bank: 70-80 mph

  • Conrad: 50-60

  • Choteau: 45-50

  • Augusta: 50-60

  • Craig: 40-45

  • Lincoln: 35-40

NWS Great Falls warns the wind event could create hazardous traveling conditions in the area, especially for high-profile vehicles. The high winds could also create significant tree and property damage, as well as power outages.

“Winds this strong can make driving hazardous, especially for high profile vehicles or those pulling trailers,” NWS Great Falls tweeted early Saturday. “Know your vehicles limits. If possible, consider delaying travel during the period of strongest winds, or find an alternate route.”

For updates, follow NWS Great Falls here on Facebook, or on Twitter.

This article originally appeared on Great Falls Tribune: Wind gusts forecast on Rocky Mountain Front to top 100 mph

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