Severe storms possible tonight in NW Montana
Another beautiful day has set up across western Montana. We'll continue to see plenty of sunshine as temperatures continue to rise into the upper 70s and low 80s.
A cold front will make it'a way through portions of west central and northwest Montana tonight, allowing for a chance of thunderstorms, some of which could become strong to severe. Wind gusts up to 60 mph and small hail are the main threats with these storms. Northwest Montana, including Kalispell has the best chance of storms between 10pm and 2am. Strong storms will be possible as far south as Missoula and the northern Bitterroot Valley.
Monday afternoon and evening, southwest Montana will see a slight chance of thunderstorms. However, it appears the greatest threat will be outside the viewing area, from Helena north and east through central and northern portions of Montana.
High temperatures Monday will be in the low 70s in Missoula and Kalispell under partly to mostly sunny skies. Butte and Bozeman will see temperatures rise into the upper 70s and low 80s before the front passes through.
Showers and thunderstorm chances will continue in Southwest Montana on Tuesday as well.
Wednesday will be quiet across western Montana before showers and thunderstorms return to the forecast mainly in southwest Montana for Thursday.
We are continuing to see big improvement in many area river levels.
The Clark Fork above Missoula has dropped over half a foot in the past 24 hours to below flood stage. It is at 9.68 feet as of 1 pm Saturday. It is projected to continue falling through all of next week.
FLOOD WARNING continues for the Jefferson River near Three forks and the Big Hole River neat Melrose as minor flooding is expected to continue this week before falling below flood stage early next week.
FLOOD WARNING continues for the Yellowstone River near Livingston as minor to moderate flooding is expected through this week.