Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KTFX 290953
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
353 AM MDT FRI APR 29 2016

.DISCUSSION...
TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY...A GRADUAL SHIFT TOWARDS A QUIETER...WARMER
AND DRYER WEATHER PATTERN WILL SLOWLY DEVELOP OVER THE REGION
OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. WIDESPREAD LOW/MID CLOUDS OVER THE REGION
TODAY WILL KEEP TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL...ALONG WITH ALLOWING FOR
A SMALL CHANCE FOR AN ISOLATED SHOWER...MAINLY OVER THE WESTERN
AND SOUTHWESTERN MOUNTAINS. FOR TONIGHT AND SATURDAY...THE UPPER
LEVEL LOW THAT HAS BEEN MOVING WESTWARD THROUGH THE REGION WILL
BEGIN TO BREAK DOWN. THUS THE CHANCES FOR SHOWERS WILL BE
DECREASING THROUGH THE PERIOD. TEMPERATURES ON SATURDAY WILL BE A
TOUCH WARMER THAN TODAY...BUT JUST A FEW DEGREES BELOW NORMAL YET.
ON SUNDAY...EXPECT MOSTLY DRY CONDITIONS OVER THE REGION...ALONG
WITH PLENTY OF SUNSHINE. THIS WILL ALLOW AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES TO
RISE TO NEAR NORMAL IN MANY AREAS. BRUSDA

SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY...THE EXTENDED FORECAST PERIOD WILL
BEGIN WITH HIGH PRESSURE OVER ALBERTA AND AND LOW PRESSURE SOUTH OF
THE ZONES OVER NEVADA AND UTAH. THIS WILL KEEP THE AIRMASS OVER MOST
OF THE CWA QUITE DRY WITH MOISTURE OVER ONLY EXTREME SOUTHWEST
MONTANA. THIS HIGH PRESSURE CONTINUES TO KEEP THE AIRMASS DRY INTO
TUESDAY. HOWEVER, THE SOUTHWEST ZONES BECOME SLIGHTLY UNSTABLE
TUESDAY AFTERNOON, AND WITH THE MOISTURE JUST TO THE SOUTH, ISOLATED
SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE. THE RIDGE WILL CONTINUE TO
STRENGTHEN THROUGH WEDNESDAY BUT A LOW PRESSURE TROF WILL BE MOVING
OVER THE WEST COAST LATE THURSDAY. HEIGHTS WILL BEGIN TO FALL ALOFT
AND AFTERNOON INSTABILITY WILL BRING SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS
CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. THE AIRMASS WILL
CONTINUE TO MOISTEN FRIDAY NIGHT AS THE LOW PRESSURE TROF APPROACHES
AND SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE INTO THE NIGHT. THE AIRMASS WILL BE
TRENDING WARMER UNDER THE HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT. TEMPERATURES AT THE
BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD WILL BE NEAR OR ABOVE SEASONAL NORMALS AND
TREND HIGHER TO 15 TO 20 DEGREES ABOVE NORMALS BY THURSDAY. ZELZER

&&

.AVIATION...
UPDATED 0545Z.
GENERALLY WIDESPREAD LOW/MID CLOUDS CONTINUE TO AFFECT MUCH OF
REGION...WITH MOUNTAINS OBSCURED. THAT TREND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH
FRIDAY MORNING. SOME PATCHY FOG IS POSSIBLE AROUND 12Z IN MANY
AREAS...BUT SINCE THE CLOUDS ARE SLOW TO BREAK UP...CONFIDENCE IS
LOW IN HOW THICK THE FOG WILL GET. A FEW SHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE ON
FRIDAY AFTERNOON...BUT MAINLY OVER THE WESTERN/SOUTHWESTERN
MOUNTAINS. BRUSDA

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
GTF  52  34  56  35 /  10  10  20   0
CTB  51  32  56  34 /  10  10  10  10
HLN  56  36  57  36 /  20  20  20  10
BZN  53  34  54  33 /  20  10  20  10
WEY  47  28  46  27 /  30  30  20  10
DLN  51  34  54  33 /  30  20  20  10
HVR  56  36  60  36 /   0  10  10   0
LWT  49  34  51  33 /  10  10  10  10

&&

.TFX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.

&&

$$

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