Conditions improving after windy start to Sunday
Red Flag Warnings will slowly expire across the region Sunday evening as gusty winds track eastward into central Montana. Light rain will fall in many areas during the afternoon and evening as temperatures cool dramatically behind the cold front creating the winds. Air quality is also improving from west to east and tonight and Monday morning will be some of the best air quality we see all week.
Rain will continue to fall around southwest Montana, specifically south of I-90 and in the Bozeman area early Monday morning before sunrise and again Monday afternoon with scattered thundershowers. Elsewhere, expect dry and cool conditions with light breezes in the afternoon.
High temperatures on Monday will be between 70 and 80 degrees for most locations with 60s in Yellowstone. Morning lows will be in the 40s and low 50s.
On Monday afternoon winds will shift again and return to coming out of the northwest. This looks to be the prevailing wind pattern most of the week which means our break from Canadian smoke will be shortlived. Expect smoke to filter back in by Tuesday. Local wildfires should be less active for a couple days but may start building up again Wednesday as temperatures warm again.
Expect mid to upper 80s for highs by the end of the week and further issues with air quality. After Monday's rain in southwest Montana there will be little to no chance for rain through next weekend.