Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KMSO 200824

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
224 AM MDT Sat Apr 20 2024

.DISCUSSION...The weather pattern for the next week will be very
Spring like with the weather changing from day to day in an active
pattern. There`ll be some very nice days mixed in with some
cooler, showery, windier days. Today, we`ll start off with a sunny
day as temperatures warm up quickly to a few degrees above
average, but it doesn`t last long.

Sunday an upper level low moves across southern Canada quickly and
compresses the ridge over the region south. This sets up a
stronger pressure gradient and more wind, with the potential for a
Lake Wind advisory for Flathead Lake on Sunday. The trailing
surface cold front with this system will cause some more showers
and a cool down to about 5 degrees below average. There isn`t much
moisture to work with, so the showers are expected to be pretty

Monday through mid-week another ridge builds in with the ridge
axis over central Montana. That sets up southwest flow into
central Idaho and western Montana. That will bring a warmer,
moister air mass to the region with temperatures running 5 to 10
degrees above average through Thursday. Wednesday and Thursday
will also have some shower potential, but with the warmer
temperatures these will mostly be rain showers.

For the end of the week, models disagree with timing of the next
system potentially coming in as early as Thursday afternoon or as
late as Friday morning. So far models are showing this as a much
wetter system than we`ve seen recently. Recently we`ve had some
systems bring isolated heavy showers, but this system looks like a
closed off low that will be wetter over a much broader area. With
the drought across the region, a typical wet system like we
normally would get in the late Spring is a welcome sight in the


.AVIATION...A ridge building over the region today will bring VFR
conditions today. Tomorrow morning a shortwave will push the ridge
down a bit causing some showers mainly in northwest Montana and
central Idaho with some mountain showers in west central and
southwest Montana. Any impacts on Sunday will be short lived as we
expect fast moving showers.



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