Wind advisory extended to northwest Montana; mountain snow possible

The wind advisory in effect for North Idaho and the northern Washington Palouse Monday has been extended to include the Kootenai/Cabinet Region of northeast Montana, in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

Areas impacted include Highway 2 Kalispell to Libby, Highway 37 Eureka to Libby, Highway 56 Bull Lake Road, Highway 93 Eureka to Whitefish, Bad Rock Canyon, Essex, Highway 83 Bigfork to Swan Lake, Marias Pass, and Polebridge.

Sustained northeast winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour are expected, with gusts from 35 to 50 miles an hour.

The strongest winds will come as a cold front arrives Monday morning, bringing cooler temperatures and a chance of rain showers.

Winds at speeds expected are capable of damaging and bringing down trees and tree limbs and could result in road blockages and power outages. In addition, they are capable of blowing around unsecured items and damaging property.

Area residents are advised to secure any loose items capable of being blown, and motorists of high profile vehicles are advised of difficult driving conditions, particularly on east/west roads and highways.