Weather can certainly play a role in Montana high school football games. Its effect is only magnified once the playoffs start and the calendar turns to November.
There have been plenty of championships won in blizzards and single-digit temperatures, but that doesn’t appear it will be the case this weekend. All five state championship games have favorable forecasts, with every game kicking off with a temperature at or above 30 degrees, according to KRTV chief meteorologist Mike Rawlins.
The teams won’t be playing in a climate-controlled dome by any means, but – by Montana standards – it doesn’t get much better than this for mid-November.
Helena High and Billings Senior start championship weekend with their Class AA showdown Friday night at Daylis Stadium in Billings. The forecast calls for temperatures around 33 degrees and clear skies, per Rawlins.
The other four championships – Hamilton at Columbia Falls, Shelby at Eureka, Forsyth at Drummond-Philipsburg and Westby-Grenora at Bridger – kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday with similarly nice forecasts.
Rawlins expects a 34-degree kickoff at Columbia Falls, a 36-degree kick at Eureka, a 30-degree start at Philipsburg and a 39-degree kickoff at Bridger. There’s a chance of snow flurries at Columbia Falls and Eureka, but the other two games should have favorable conditions.
Scroll the photos for the forecasts for all five high school championship games. Follow Mike Rawlins on Twitter for continuous weather updates by clicking here.