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Ice fishing is one winter activity which may be helped by a predicted cold front bringing sub-zero temperatures to Baker Lake and the rest of eastern Montana and western North Dakota through next week.

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Portions of Montana and North Dakota will be hit hard by a harsh weather front bringing sub-zero highs and even colder nights which will last through the weekend into the first part of next week, according the National Weather Service offices in Billings and Bismarck.

At the office in Billings, it was announced that January was a very warm month 5.9 degrees above normal with only a six-day span from Jan. 22 through Jan. 27 being below normal. It was the warmest January since 2006.

However, warm weather will be just a memory in early February.

The office issued a weather advisory for the Fallon County region Tuesday, warning a cold front Wednesday would bring some accumulating snow on Wednesday

But it also warned another front would hit the area Friday and bring more snow through Saturday.

The coldest temperatures of the season may arrive by Saturday with highs only in the single digits and teens, the NWS advisory warned.

However, the colder weather may stick around longer.  “The colder conditions may persist into next week and beyond, but there is some uncertainty regarding this, so be sure to stay in touch with the forecast for your area,” the NWS announcement stated.

The Billings office also issued a warning for travelers through the region.

“Travelers should check forecasts ahead of time as some roads will be adversely affected Wednesday through Sunday. Colder temperatures make it even more important to carry winter survival kits. The colder weather will also threaten young livestock,” the NWS warned.

Dakota gets colder

According to the office in Bismarck, the prediction would be of dangerous wind chills of 25 to 45 below zero in the western portion of North Dakota along the Montana border.

“The coldest air of the season so far will overspread western and central North Dakota this weekend with sub-zero high temperatures and overnight low temperatures around 20 below. These frigid temperatures will combine with 10 to 20 mph winds to create dangerous wind chills from 25 to 45 below this weekend. This frigid air will likely remain into early next week,” the Bismarck office announced Tuesday.

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