Posted: Sep 22, 2012 6:25 PM by Chrissy Kohler - StormTracker Weather Center
Updated: Sep 22, 2012 6:44 PM
MISSOULA - We have all been suffering due to the smoke in Western Montana, and some have been dealing with it for more than a month. But as we move into the first week of fall, there looks to be a system on the way that could bring some relief to us all!
A low pressure system is sitting off the Pacific Coast and will slowly track east over the next several days. The system will bring partly cloudy skies to the southwest tonight and into Sunday. By Sunday evening, we start to see an increased chance for rain through Central Idaho and into extreme Southwest Montana by Sunday evening through Monday. It's about a 20% to 30% chance for the Bitterroot Valley, so the chances aren't great. But if we could get even some rain over the fires burring through those areas, it could help to clear out the smoke for all of us!
The slight chance for a few showers continues into Tuesday as well. But we could also see a few afternoon storms. Otherwise, the rest of the work week looks dry, sunny and warm. Our highs for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will be in the upper 70s to mid 80s, so still 10 to 15 degrees above average for the next several days. Wednesday things will start to cool off a bit with highs dropping into the 70s across the board. That's still about 10 degrees above normal. And the warmth will continue into the weekend.