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Name: Phoenix Hyland

Age: 5

Hometown: Missoula

Good Monday morning, western Montana! The National Weather Service cautions that a winter storm warning remains in effect until 11 a.m., with dangerous wind chills, slick roads and areas of low visibility.

"Travel will become very hazardous due to the combination of slick snow-covered roads and blowing snow," the warning reads. "In addition, wind chill could become dangerously low by Monday morning."

Forecasters say winds are blowing from the northeast at 20-30 mph, with gusts to 45 mph. That means wind chills of minus 15 to minus 25 in parts of western Montana, especially in the northern Flathead Valley.

In addition, there's a 20 percent chance of valley snow showers this morning. Skies are mostly cloudy, with high temperatures near 14 degrees (before the wind chill is factored in).

Tonight, look for partly cloudy skies and lows of minus 10. Wind chill values will drop as low as 24 degrees below zero, with easterly winds at 8 mph.

Here is the Weather Service's daily forecast for New Year's week.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 4. Wind chill values as low as -24. East wind around 7 mph.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -8. Light northeast wind.

Wednesday: Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 8.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -3.

New Year's Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 15.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

Friday: A chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 25.

Friday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.

Saturday: A chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 20.

Saturday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.

Sunday: A chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 18.

Editor Sherry Devlin can be reached at 523-5250 or at sdevlin@missoulian.com.

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