Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Great Falls MT
352 AM MDT Mon Jun 26 2017

.SYNOPSIS...

Upper level high pressure ridge over the region will bring hot
and dry conditions to Montana today. A surface cold front sweeps
across the state overnight for showers and thunderstorms with
cooler temperatures expected Tuesday.

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.DISCUSSION...

Today through Wednesday...Upper level ridge moves over the region
for very warm to hot conditions today. A surface low pressure
system will develop along the east slopes of the Rockies in
southern Alberta for increasing southeast flow at the surface.
Models are in agreement that this low will progress eastward
overnight with a surface cold front sweeping through Montana early
Tuesday. This timing is about 12 to 18 hours slower than models
were indicating over the last few days. As a result, I have
lowered PoPs somewhat for today and tonight and increased them a
bit for Tuesday. Behind the cold front, breezy west to
northwesterly winds will develop across North Central Montana
for Tuesday night and Wednesday. Despite impressive CAPE values
expected across the forecast area today and Tuesday, it appears
that the risk for widespread severe weather is relatively low.
However, I still can not rule out one or two short lived storms
that could produce locally strong outflow winds and marginally
large hail, especially this evening. mpj

Wednesday Night through Sunday...An unsettled, northerly flow aloft
develops Wednesday night and Thursday associated with a closed upper
level low drifting through AB/SK. A cold front trailing behind this
system will lower temperatures into the low- to mid-70s on Thursday.
This pattern brings chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms,
although model guidance continues to differ on the timing and
spatial extent of this activity.  The latest forecast guidance has
slowed the departure of the upper low, with chances for isolated
light rain showers continuing Thursday night into Friday. Model
consensus suggests weak ridging through the weekend, providing
generally fair weather with temperatures near 80F and isolated
showers or thunderstorms possible. PN
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.AVIATION...
Updated 0450Z.
VFR conditions will continue to prevail over the region
tonight...with just some passing clouds along the front range of the
Rockies. Surface winds will increase around mid day over North
Central MT...with scattered thunderstorms developing towards 00z Tue
along the front range of the Rockies. Expect the storms to move off
the mountains Monday evening. Some storms could be strong. Brusda

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.FIRE WEATHER...
A Red Flag Warning has been issue as confidence increases that
there will be critical fire weather conditions Monday afternoon
into evening in our far northeastern areas, primarily Blaine
County. Gusty southeast winds ahead of a surface low pressure
system will combine with minimum RH values in the teens and
increasingly dry fuels in eastern portions of Fire Weather Zone
113. CC/MPJ

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.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
GTF  92  60  77  50 /  10  40  50  20
CTB  90  58  76  48 /  10  40  40  10
HLN  93  60  78  52 /  30  50  60  10
BZN  91  54  76  47 /  10  20  60  30
WEY  81  43  68  38 /  10  30  60  30
DLN  89  54  73  47 /  10  40  50  20
HVR  95  62  81  52 /   0  20  40  20
LWT  87  58  75  48 /   0  30  50  30

&&

.TFX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
Red Flag Warning from noon today to 8 PM MDT this evening Hill
and Blaine Counties.

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$$

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