Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
322 AM MDT THU MAR 26 2015

.DISCUSSION...Light rain and lowered cloud cover remain in the
region as moisture continues to stream into Idaho and western
Montana. Precipitation will decrease in Idaho this morning but
rain will linger in western Montana especially in the Glacier
Region into this afternoon.

Friday may be one of the nicest days for a little while with high
pressure overhead and high temperatures near record values.

The next weather system is on track to move into Idaho late
Friday and into western Montana Saturday morning. A fairly strong
cold front and vigorous trough will lead to the potential for
isolated lightning strikes Friday night and Saturday morning along
with rain and the potential for gusty winds. There is still some
question as to the strength of winds Saturday morning but the post
frontal environment Saturday afternoon is very favorable for gusty
winds especially along the Continental Divide. Model guidance also
have precipitation tapering off quickly Saturday afternoon.

Sunday and Monday appear unremarkable with fairly normal
conditions for this time of year, but another trough has been
consistently forecasted for Tuesday. The cold front associated
with the trough on Tuesday will lower snow levels with mountain
snow and possible accumulations on area passes during Tuesday.

Precipitation will remain in the rest of the extended forecast
with a more active weather pattern over the Pacific Northwest next



Recent radar trends show another wave of precipitation in eastern
Washington that will move into north central Idaho and western
Montana through this morning. Lowered ceilings, obscured terrain,
and slight visibility reductions can be expected through mid
morning before high pressure takes a stronger hold of the region.
Improvements will be first seen in north central Idaho this
morning, and cloud cover will begin to break up through the
afternoon in western Montana. Locations along the divide will be
the last to see improvements with obscured terrain likely for
most of the day.



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