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Fire Weather Planning Forecast for Montana
National Weather Service Great Falls MT
427 AM MDT Tue Oct 17 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING FOR STRONG GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY THIS
AFTERNOON AND EVENING FOR NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA FIRE ZONES 112 TO
115 AND 117...

.DISCUSSION...

Strong and potentially damaging winds develop this morning along
the Rocky Mountain Front and spread east across much of north
central Montana this afternoon and evening as a low pressure
system moves east across Alberta. Afternoon humidity in the teens
and twenties combined with warmer than average temperatures and
the strong winds will combine to produce critical fire weather
conditions this afternoon and evening. A dry cold front will
sweep east across the region this evening, shifting winds from
southwest to westerly.

MTZ112-181200-
Eastern Glacier/Toole/Central/Eastern Pondera/Liberty-
427 AM MDT Tue Oct 17 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 7 PM MDT
THIS EVENING...

.TODAY...
* Sky/Weather...........Mostly sunny. A chance of showers in the
  afternoon.
* Max Temperature.......61-71...52-57 higher elevations.
   24 hr trend......5 degrees up...1 degree down higher elevations.
* Min Humidity..........18-25 percent...29-34 percent higher
  elevations.
   24 hr trend......3 percent down.
* Wind (20 FT).
      Lower Elevations...Strong winds. Southwest winds
                         35 to 45 mph with afternoon gusts to 70 mph.
      Ridges.............Strong winds. Southwest winds 35 to 50 mph.
                         Gusts up to 80 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.
* High Level Haines.....3 very low.

.TONIGHT...
* Sky/Weather...........Mostly cloudy...then becoming partly
  cloudy. A chance of showers in the evening.
* Min Temperature.......33-38.
   24 hr trend......13 degrees down.
* Max Humidity..........61-71 percent.
   24 hr trend......22 percent up.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Strong winds. West winds around 45
                        mph...diminishing to around 30 mph after
                        midnight.
     Ridges.............Strong winds. West winds around 50
                        mph...diminishing to around 35 mph after
                        midnight.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.

.WEDNESDAY...
* Sky/Weather...........Partly sunny.
* Max Temperature.......52-62...45-50 higher elevations.
   24 hr trend......8 degrees down.
* Min Humidity..........25-33 percent...39-45 percent higher
  elevations.
   24 hr trend......7 percent up.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Windy. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph.
     Ridges.............Very windy. Southwest winds 30 to 35 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.
* High Level Haines.....2 very low.


.FORECAST DAYS 3 THROUGH 7......
.THURSDAY...Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in
the mid 40s. Highs in the mid 60s. Southwest winds around 30 mph.
.FRIDAY...Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in the
lower 40s. Highs in the upper 50s. Southwest winds around 20 mph.
.SATURDAY...Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in
the lower 30s. Highs in the lower 50s. West winds around 25 mph.
.SUNDAY...Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers. Lows in the mid
30s. Highs in the mid 50s.
.MONDAY...Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in the
upper 30s. Highs in the mid 50s.

$$

MTZ113-181200-
Hill and Blaine Counties-
427 AM MDT Tue Oct 17 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 7 PM MDT
THIS EVENING...

.TODAY...
* Sky/Weather...........Sunny.
* Max Temperature.......69-74.
   24 hr trend......1 degree up.
* Min Humidity..........14-20 percent.
   24 hr trend......4 percent down.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Very windy. Southwest winds 30 to 35 mph.
     Ridges.............Very windy. Southwest winds 30 to 35 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.
* High Level Haines.....4 low (Above 3000 feet)...mid level haines
  5 moderate (Below 3000 feet).

.TONIGHT...
* Sky/Weather...........Partly cloudy.
* Min Temperature.......35-40.
   24 hr trend......10 degrees down.
* Max Humidity..........60-70 percent.
   24 hr trend......23 percent up.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Very windy. West winds around 40 mph. Gusts
                        to 60 mph in the evening.
     Ridges.............Strong winds. West winds 40 to 45 mph.
                        Gusts to 65 mph in the evening.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.

.WEDNESDAY...
* Sky/Weather...........Mostly sunny.
* Max Temperature.......56-61.
   24 hr trend......11 degrees down.
* Min Humidity..........23-28 percent.
   24 hr trend......7 percent up.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Windy. West winds around 25 mph.
     Ridges.............Windy. West winds around 30 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.
* High Level Haines.....2 very low (Above 3000 feet)...mid level
  haines 4 low (Below 3000 feet).


.FORECAST DAYS 3 THROUGH 7......
.THURSDAY...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Highs around
70. Southwest winds around 20 mph.
.FRIDAY...Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in the
lower 40s. Highs in the lower 60s. Southwest winds around 15 mph.
.SATURDAY...Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in
the mid 30s. Highs in the mid 50s. West winds around 25 mph.
.SUNDAY...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Highs in the upper
50s.
.MONDAY...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. Highs in the
upper 50s.

$$

MTZ114-181200-
Lewis and Clark National Forest Rocky Mountain District-
Rocky Mountain Front-
427 AM MDT Tue Oct 17 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 7 PM MDT
THIS EVENING...

.TODAY...
* Sky/Weather...........Mostly sunny.
* Max Temperature.......61-70...49-59 higher elevations.
   24 hr trend......4 degrees up.
* Min Humidity..........17-25 percent...28-38 percent higher
  elevations.
   24 hr trend......1 percent up...4 percent down higher
                    elevations.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Strong winds. Southwest winds 35 to 45
                        mph. Gusts to 70 mph in the afternoon.
     Ridges.............Strong winds. Southwest winds 35 to 50
                        mph. Gusts to 80 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.
* High Level Haines.....3 very low.

.TONIGHT...
* Sky/Weather...........Partly cloudy...then becoming mostly
  cloudy. A chance of showers in the evening. A chance of snow
  showers after midnight.
* Min Temperature.......35-40...27-35 higher elevations.
   24 hr trend......8 degrees down.
* Max Humidity..........61-71 percent...74-84 percent higher
  elevations.
   24 hr trend......24 percent up.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Very windy. West winds around 40
                        mph...becoming southwest around 30 mph
                        after midnight.
     Ridges.............Strong winds. West winds around 50
                        mph...diminishing to around 40 mph after
                        midnight.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.

.WEDNESDAY...
* Sky/Weather...........Partly sunny.
* Max Temperature.......55-62...44-54 higher elevations.
   24 hr trend......8 degrees down.
* Min Humidity..........27-36 percent...37-47 percent higher
  elevations.
   24 hr trend......9 percent up.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Windy. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph.
     Ridges.............Very windy. Southwest winds 35 to 40 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.
* High Level Haines.....2 very low.


.FORECAST DAYS 3 THROUGH 7......
.THURSDAY...Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in
the mid 40s. Highs in the mid 60s. Southwest winds around 30 mph.
.FRIDAY...Cooler. Mostly cloudy. Snow showers likely and a chance
of showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Highs in the mid 50s.
Southwest winds around 20 mph.
.SATURDAY...Partly cloudy. A chance of snow showers and a slight
chance of showers. Lows in the lower 30s. Highs in the upper 40s.
West winds around 25 mph.
.SUNDAY...Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers.
Lows in the mid 30s. Highs in the lower 50s.
.MONDAY...Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in the
upper 30s. Highs in the lower 50s.

$$

MTZ115-181200-
Chouteau and Fergus Counties-
427 AM MDT Tue Oct 17 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 7 PM MDT
THIS EVENING...

.TODAY...
* Sky/Weather...........Mostly sunny.
* Max Temperature.......71-76...63-68 higher elevations.
   24 hr trend......4 degrees up.
* Min Humidity..........13-18 percent.
   24 hr trend......1 percent down.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Very windy. Southwest winds 30 to 35 mph.
     Ridges.............Windy. Southwest winds around 30 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.
* High Level Haines.....5 moderate.

.TONIGHT...
* Sky/Weather...........Partly cloudy...then becoming mostly
  cloudy.
* Min Temperature.......37-42.
   24 hr trend......7 degrees down.
* Max Humidity..........59-69 percent.
   24 hr trend......20 percent up...25 percent up higher
                    elevations.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Very windy. West winds 30 to 40 mph.
                        Gusts to 60 mph in the evening.
     Ridges.............Very windy. West winds around 40 mph.
                        Gusts to 60 mph in the evening.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.

.WEDNESDAY...
* Sky/Weather...........Partly sunny.
* Max Temperature.......61-66...54-60 higher elevations.
   24 hr trend......11 degrees down.
* Min Humidity..........22-28 percent.
   24 hr trend......9 percent up.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Windy. West winds around 25 mph.
     Ridges.............Windy. West winds 25 to 30 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.
* High Level Haines.....2 very low (Above 3000 feet)...mid level
  haines 4 low (Below 3000 feet).


.FORECAST DAYS 3 THROUGH 7......
.THURSDAY...Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Highs in the
lower 70s. Southwest winds around 10 mph.
.FRIDAY...Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in the
mid 40s. Highs in the mid 60s. Southwest winds around 10 mph.
.SATURDAY...Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in
the upper 30s. Highs in the mid 50s. West winds around 15 mph.
.SUNDAY...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. Highs in the
upper 50s.
.MONDAY...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Highs around 60.

$$

MTZ116-181200-
Lincoln Ranger District of the Helena National Forest-
427 AM MDT Tue Oct 17 2017

.TODAY...
* Sky/Weather...........Sunny.
* Max Temperature.......61-66...53-62 higher elevations.
   24 hr trend......2 degrees down...5 degrees up higher
                    elevations.
* Min Humidity..........21-31 percent.
   24 hr trend......3 percent down.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Windy. Southwest winds 20 to 25 mph.
     Ridges.............Very windy. Southwest winds 35 to 40 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.
* High Level Haines.....3 very low.

.TONIGHT...
* Sky/Weather...........Partly cloudy. A chance of showers in the
  evening. A slight chance of rain and snow showers after midnight.
* Min Temperature.......32-37.
   24 hr trend......4 degrees down.
* Max Humidity..........76-86 percent.
   24 hr trend......30 percent up...23 percent up higher
                    elevations.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Windy. West winds around 30 mph.
     Ridges.............Very windy. West winds around 35 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.

.WEDNESDAY...
* Sky/Weather...........Partly sunny.
* Max Temperature.......55-61...48-58 higher elevations.
   24 hr trend......5 degrees down.
* Min Humidity..........30-40 percent.
   24 hr trend......12 percent up.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Southwest winds around 20 mph.
     Ridges.............Windy. Southwest winds around 30 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.
* High Level Haines.....2 very low.


.FORECAST DAYS 3 THROUGH 7......
.THURSDAY...Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in
the upper 30s. Highs around 60. Southwest winds around 15 mph.
.FRIDAY...Cooler. Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain and snow
showers. Lows in the upper 30s. Highs in the upper 40s. Southwest
winds around 10 mph.
.SATURDAY...Mostly cloudy. A chance of snow showers and showers.
Lows in the upper 20s. Highs in the lower 40s. West winds around
10 mph.
.SUNDAY...Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers.
Lows in the lower 30s. Highs in the upper 40s.
.MONDAY...Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in the
mid 30s. Highs in the upper 40s.

$$

MTZ117-181200-
Central and Eastern Lewis and Clark National Forest Areas-
427 AM MDT Tue Oct 17 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 7 PM MDT
THIS EVENING...

.TODAY...
* Sky/Weather...........Mostly sunny.
* Max Temperature.......64-73...55-65 higher elevations.
   24 hr trend......4 degrees up.
* Min Humidity..........14-23 percent.
   24 hr trend......1 percent up.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Very windy. Southwest winds 30 to 35 mph.
                        Afternoon gusts to 55 mph.
     Ridges.............Very windy. Southwest winds 35 to 40 mph.
                        Afternoon gusts to 55 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.
* High Level Haines.....4 low.

.TONIGHT...
* Sky/Weather...........Partly cloudy...then becoming mostly
  cloudy.
* Min Temperature.......33-42.
   24 hr trend......8 degrees down.
* Max Humidity..........66-76 percent.
   24 hr trend......25 percent up.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Very windy. West winds 30 to 35 mph.
                        Evening gusts to 60 mph.
     Ridges.............Strong winds. West winds 40 to 45 mph.
                        Evening gusts to 60 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.

.WEDNESDAY...
* Sky/Weather...........Partly sunny.
* Max Temperature.......59-64...50-60 higher elevations.
   24 hr trend......9 degrees down.
* Min Humidity..........20-30 percent.
   24 hr trend......8 percent up.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Windy. Southwest winds 20 to 25 mph.
     Ridges.............Very windy. West winds 30 to 35 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.
* High Level Haines.....2 very low.


.FORECAST DAYS 3 THROUGH 7......
.THURSDAY...Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Highs in the
upper 60s. Southwest winds around 25 mph.
.FRIDAY...Partly cloudy. A chance of rain and snow showers. Lows
in the lower 40s. Highs in the upper 50s. Southwest winds around
20 mph.
.SATURDAY...Mostly cloudy. A chance of snow showers and a slight
chance of showers. Lows in the lower 30s. Highs around 50. West
winds around 25 mph.
.SUNDAY...Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in the
mid 30s. Highs in the lower 50s.
.MONDAY...Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in the
upper 30s. Highs in the mid 50s.

$$

MTZ118-181200-
Helena and Townsend Ranger Districts of the Helena National
Forest-
427 AM MDT Tue Oct 17 2017

.TODAY...
* Sky/Weather...........Sunny.
* Max Temperature.......64-71...55-64 higher elevations.
   24 hr trend......1 degree up...6 degrees up higher elevations.
* Min Humidity..........17-23 percent.
   24 hr trend......2 percent up...3 percent down higher
                    elevations.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Windy. Southwest winds 20 to 25 mph.
     Ridges.............Windy. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.
* High Level Haines.....4 low.

.TONIGHT...
* Sky/Weather...........Partly cloudy.
* Min Temperature.......36-41.
   24 hr trend......Unchanged.
* Max Humidity..........68-78 percent.
   24 hr trend......17 percent up...25 percent up higher
                    elevations.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Very windy. Southwest winds 30 to 35 mph.
     Ridges.............Very windy. West winds 35 to 40 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.

.WEDNESDAY...
* Sky/Weather...........Partly sunny.
* Max Temperature.......60-68...52-60 higher elevations.
   24 hr trend......5 degrees down.
* Min Humidity..........24-30 percent.
   24 hr trend......7 percent up.
* Wind (20 FT).
     Lower Elevations...Southwest winds around 20 mph.
     Ridges.............Windy. Southwest winds around 30 mph.
* LAL...................1.
* CWR...................0 percent.
* High Level Haines.....2 very low.


.FORECAST DAYS 3 THROUGH 7......
.THURSDAY...Partly cloudy. Lows around 40. Highs in the upper
60s. Southwest winds around 10 mph.
.FRIDAY...Cooler. Partly cloudy. A chance of rain and snow
showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Highs in the mid 50s. Southwest
winds around 10 mph.
.SATURDAY...Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain and snow showers.
Lows in the lower 30s. Highs in the upper 40s. Southwest winds
around 10 mph.
.SUNDAY...Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in the
mid 30s. Highs in the lower 50s.
.MONDAY...Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Lows in the
upper 30s. Highs in the mid 50s.

$$

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