First Alert Forecast: Sunny with a few thundershowers
Western Montana - Once again we will see afternoon thunderstorms across Southwest Montana as a huge pool of moisture in Idaho temporarily slides to the north. Much of the activity will be south of Bozeman and Dillon in places like Ennis, West Yellowstone, and Lima. Showers will extend northward into the Big Hole and the Butte area. Expect locally heavy rain and occasional lightning. For the most part, storms will stick to mountainous terrain and won't pose much of a threat. Expect peak activity during the late afternoon and early evening; roughly 3 pm to 8 pm. The clouds and showers will help keep temperatures cooler in Southwest Montana. Highs will be in the low 80s for Butte and Bozeman. On the state line, expect highs in the 70s. Little clouds or rain are expected for Missoula and Kalispell today. Both cities will break 90 degrees this afternoon. Hazy conditions this morning from wildfire smoke will marginally improve with an afternoon breeze. Lows across the region will dip into the 50s tonight. Expect a similar pattern tomorrow with more widespread storm activity possible on Friday as a cold front enters the area. Increased coverage of showers and storms will be possible due to this on Friday and Saturday along with breezy conditions. At the moment this appears to be a low impact event with many of us only seeing clouds and sunshine. The weekend will see slightly cooler temperatures after the front passes with a slight chance of showers and storms remaining.