Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Missoula, MT

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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
359 AM MDT SUN MAR 29 2015



Other than some afternoon breezes, Sunday`s weather looks
relatively benign as high pressure begins to build across the
area. By Monday, many valleys will see temperatures reach into
the 60s again, and although it will not be as warm as this past
Friday, some places could still hit the 70 F mark. Should be a
another great day to enjoy the outdoors.

On Tuesday we will experience another quick transition to rainy
and cooler conditions. A few rain showers could move through in the
morning ahead of the main system. By the afternoon and evening,
the precipitation will become more widespread. Winds will again
be breezy as the front passes, with gusts up to 25 mph. Overnight
into Wednesday, snow levels will drop to valley floors. Passes
could start to see snow accumulate at this time, but due to
antecedent warm temperatures, lower valleys will be hard-pressed
to keep any snow, with most snow melting on contact. Light,
intermittent snow looks to continue for Montana valleys through
Wednesday, and then become more widespread again Thursday. The
lower elevations of north central Idaho could be low enough for
precipitation to remain rain during this time, since the snow
level will be hovering around 3000 ft.

The pattern remains cooler than average and showery through next
weekend. Temperatures will be a few degrees below average with one
weak system after the next lining up to move through the area.
There will be some nice days interspersed with the showers, but there
is little model agreement at this time on exactly when those will
be. Overall, typical early April weather is expected late next
week and over the weekend.


Skies will continue to clear as high pressure builds over the area
today. A few hours of morning fog are possible at KGPI, but
overnight winds and cloud cover has minimized the chance of this
affecting the aerodrome. Winds will increase this afternoon with
daytime heating, with 10 to 15 kt breezes expected.



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