A glance at the Lolo pass shows fresh snow. The only travel issues Thursday night Friday could be the Lolo, Lookout and Marias passes in western Montana where minor snowfall can occur.

Otherwise, a mixture of light snow and ice can create slippery conditions in northwestern Montana, north and west of Kalispell. The rest of the state seems dry.

Wind is the other factor. Strong wind warning until 6 a.m. for the Great Falls and Lewistown areas north of the border with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour. The warning for the northern Rocky Mountain front is until noon, with gusts of up to 70 and 80 miles per hour.

A wind advisory for Livingston in south-central Montana and Fort Peck Lake in the northeast. Gusts up to 70 miles an hour at Livingston and 45 miles an hour at the lake. Temperatures remain relatively mild in the Billings, Great Falls and Missoula areas.

A strong westerly flow will bring light rain and snow mainly to northwestern Montana. Heaviest snow in the Northwest Cabinet and Swan Ranges at 6 to 12 inches. Much lighter amounts in the lower elevations of the Kootenai-Cabinet area west and north of Kalispell where up to an inch is possible with freezing drizzle.

A winter weather advisory until 11 a.m. for the northwestern regions. Winds will be a problem in central and eastern Montana. Another wave of humidity will bring a risk of rain and snow to western Montana on Saturday night and Sunday. Quantities should be light. Dry in central and eastern Montana.

Records are possible on Sunday as warmer air enters the state. Above normal temperatures will continue into next week as we move into December.

From lows in the 30s to lower 40s on Friday, lowering to the upper 20s and 30s this weekend before heating up again early next week. Peaks in the 1940s west of the divide on Friday and in the 1950s about 60s east of the divide. Highs will warm into the 50s and lower 60s by Sunday, with higher 40s and 50s next week, which is well above normal for this time of year.