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Drier Wednesday, rain returns late-week

Drier Wednesday, rain returns late-week

Light rain showers will continue this afternoon and evening in west central and southwest Montana. Showers will start to dissipate tonight, and we will see mainly dry conditions after midnight. Overnight low temperatures will drop into the 40s in southwest Montana and near 50 from Missoula to Kalispell.

Areas of patchy fog will develop early Wednesday morning across western Montana. Otherwise expect a mainly dry, partly cloudy day with only isolated chances of a shower. Daytime high temperatures will be near 70 in Butte and Bozeman and the upper 70s from Missoula to Kalispell.

Thursday will start out dry across and area, but a Pacific storm system will begin to affect the area in the afternoon, bringing showers and thunderstorms. The best chance of severe thunderstorms will occur in Southwest Montana, including Butte and Bozeman. Gusty winds and small hail are possible.

Showers and thunderstorms are possible Friday and Saturday with high temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Sunday looks to be much drier.

A Small Stream Flood Advisory has been posted for Deer Lodge, Granite, Silver Bow, Powell, and southeastern Missoula Counties. Expect minor flooding along streams.

A Flood Advisory has been posted for Kehrwald Drive and Tower Street in Missoula as the Clark Fork rises due to recent rainfall.

A Flood Watch continues in southwest Montana, including Bozeman because of recent heavy rainfall. The Big Hole River near Melrose and the Jefferson River near Three Forks are both expected to hit minor flood stage midweek.

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