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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
235 PM MDT Wed Apr 23 2014

.DISCUSSION...
Today through Friday...Strong and gusty west winds continue
across most of the forecast area through this evening and a high
wind warning will remain in effect over portions of North Central
Montana. A chance of showers will develop this afternoon, mainly
over Southwest Montana. Precipitation coverage will be scattered
with better chances over the mountains as westerly flow brings
drying to the plains and valleys. Weak upper level ridging moves
over the region Thursday before the next trough moves towards the
region later Thursday. A chance for scattered afternoon showers
over the Continental divide Friday becomes more widespread Friday
night as increasing moisture and southwest flow develop over
Central Montana.

Friday night through Wednesday...Upper level troughing over the
western USA will bring widespread precipitation to Montana Friday
night and Saturday. Temperatures continue to appear relatively
mild so am expecting mainly rain at lower elevations. For Saturday
night and Sunday the upper level system will gradually progress
eastward into the Great Plains leaving the Northern Rockies in an
unsettled northwesterly flow aloft for a continuing chance of
showers through the remainder of the weekend. Medium range model
solutions diverge for early next week but the overall consensus is
that a high amplitude upper level ridge will build over the far
western USA. GFS model progresses this feature inland over the
Rockies by Wednesday while the ECMWF keeps it in place over the
west coast and places Montana beneath a northerly flow aloft.
Ensemble guidance appears to support the gradual inland
progression of the upper ridge so have trended the forecast toward
a warmer and drier solution for Monday through Wednesday. mpj

&&

.AVIATION...
UPDATED 1745Z.
High pressure aloft providing generally dry and stable conditions.
The airmass will destabilize a little during the afternoon and
isolated showers will be possible, mainly over higher terrain and
mountains. Strong westerly surface winds will continue with the
strongest gusts along the Rocky Mountain Front and over adjacent
plains. VFR conditions prevail with MVFR conditions possible in the
vicinity of showers.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
GTF  34  59  35  58 /   0  20  10  20
CTB  30  57  32  56 /   0  20  10  20
HLN  36  60  36  58 /  10  30  20  50
BZN  31  59  34  60 /  30  40  30  50
WEY  25  48  31  50 /  40  40  50  60
DLN  32  56  35  57 /  30  40  40  60
HVR  31  62  34  64 /   0  10  10  10
LWT  29  57  32  57 /  10  20  20  20

&&

.TFX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...

HIGH WIND WARNING until 6 PM
MDT this evening Eastern Glacier... Eastern Pondera...Northern
Rocky Mountain Front...Southern Rocky Mountain Front...Toole.

&&

$$

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