Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
247 PM MDT Sun Oct 23 2016


With the exception for northwest Montana where fog and stratus
remains, most valleys have cleared, other than high level
clouds that continue to stream over the Northern Rockies. Clouds
haven`t influenced temperatures all that much this afternoon, as
many locations are seeing above normal highs today.

Patchy dense fog will once again impact many of the same areas
tomorrow morning. Though, due to cloud cover, we are not expecting
temperatures to be as cold as what we saw this morning. Due to a
southwest flow, temperatures for Monday are forecast to be a few
degrees above normal, in the upper 50s to mid 60s. A few
scattered rain showers will be possible in the afternoon across
Lemhi county of Idaho and southwestern Montana ahead of the next
approaching system. This weak shortwave has slowed, now with the
cold front entering the region overnight Monday, with scattered
showers lingering through the day on Tuesday. Snow levels are
expected to remain above 7000 feet, so no significant impacts due
to snow are forecast. Northwest Montana will see the most
precipitation, though the valleys wont see much above .20".

Right on the heels of the departing Tuesday system, another fast
moving front will bring more rain showers to northwest Montana
Wednesday afternoon. Northwest Montana will once again see the
most precipitation.

Beyond Wednesday, the general weather pattern is for a deep trough
off the west coast and a ridge of high pressure east of the
Northern Rockies. This will lead to mainly a southwest flow over
our region with weather disturbances every other day. Temperatures
are expected to be near normal to slightly above for the highs and
above normal for the lows. Highs will be in the 50s and lows in
the 30s to low 40s for the back half of the week.


.AVIATION...Other than a few high clouds steaming across the
Northern Rockies, weather is fairly quite this afternoon. Patchy
fog will be possible once again for KGPI and KMSO Monday morning.
The fog could briefly become dense before it lifts after 24/1600Z.



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