Posted: Sep 12, 2012 8:08 AM by Chrissy Kohler - StormTracker Weather Center
Updated: Sep 12, 2012 8:26 AM
MISSOULA - We had a very cool start this morning will most valley locations dropping below the freezing mark. It's all thanks to a cool air mass that has settle in and is going to be with us for the next day. Our highs today are only going to top out in the mid to upper 60s which is five to 10 degrees below the norm. Tomorrow morning is going to be another cold one with lows in the 20s and low 30s.
A freeze warning will be in effect again tomorrow morning for all valleys in Western Montana from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. Temperatures are once again expected to drop below the freezing mark. Whatever precautions you took to protect sensitive plants and outdoor animals last night, do it again tonight before you head to bed.
Under a ridge of high pressure we're looking at sunny skies well into next week. The models aren't so much as hinting at any sort of a change in the pattern into the weekend. Sunday we'll see a weak disturbance that will bring us a few clouds, but unfortunately the good, soaking rain we need to really help with our fire situation is still nowhere to be found.
Under the ridge, we will see a slow warm up toward the weekend. Highs tomorrow will jump about 10 degrees topping us out in the mid to upper 70s. By Friday and Saturday, we'll be sitting above average with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s! We'll even out a bit from Sunday into early next week with our highs in the low to mid 70s. Our morning lows will also warm up a bit with temperatures expected to stay above freezing from Friday morning on.
The ridge will also do nothing to help out with the smoky skies across Southwest Montana. I think today will be an okay day for the Missoula and Mission valleys with some light smoke linger but not too much building. Very similar to yesterday. But by tomorrow, I think the smoke will build back in thicker reach as far north as the Mission Valley. And our course the Bitterroot hasn't and won't see any relief.