Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
237 PM MDT Mon Jul 24 2017

.DISCUSSION...Gusty winds and very dry conditions have
materialized across much of west-central Montana, and is expected
to continue through the evening. Because of the combination of
dry conditions and gusty winds, the Red Flag Warnings for
portions of west-central Montana will remain in place until 9PM
MDT this evening.

Elsewhere, showers and thunderstorms have begun to develop over
southeastern Lemhi County, and will be moving into southwestern
Montana later this afternoon and evening. Gusty winds and
lightning will be the main threats today.

Another hot and dry day is in store for tomorrow, though the winds
are not expected to be as strong. Temperatures throughout the
Northern Rockies will be +5 degrees above normal for this time of
the year. We will also be looking at another round of isolated
thunderstorms across Lemhi County of Idaho and southwestern
Montana. Showers and thunderstorm activity could linger through
the overnight hours in the areas mentioned above.

A ridge of high pressure will be building back over the region for
the remainder of the week causing a continuation of hot and dry
conditions. Afternoon/evening convection will be possible each day
across southwest Montana. A weak disturbance is anticipated to
move through the ridge Wednesday night potentially causing
widespread nocturnal thunderstorm. A second disturbance is being
forecasted for Saturday, which will increase the coverage of


.AVIATION...Breezy westerly winds have mixed to the surface
throughout the Northern Rockies with the strongest winds being
experience across west central down into southwest Montana. The
winds will be diminishing later this evening. Also a few showers
and thunderstorms will be developing near KSMN and KBTM this
afternoon and evening. These storms will be capable of gusty and
erratic winds.


MT...Red Flag Warning until 9 PM MDT this evening East Lolo...West



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