Posted: Sep 19, 2012 7:59 AM by Chrissy Kohler - StormTracker Weather Center
Updated: Sep 19, 2012 8:33 AM
MISSOULA - We started off the work week with warm, dry conditions across Western Montana. And as we head into the later part of the week, the forecast will bring us much of the same.
A stubborn ridge of high pressure is sitting over the Western United States bringing dry and unseasonably warm temperatures from the Pacific Coast to the High Plains and from the Desert Southwest to Southern Canada.
In Western Montana our highs for the rest of the week and into the weekend will be in the upper 70s and 80s. Some of the warmest temperatures will be in the northwest corner of the state where sunshine is abundant. In the southwest, the warming is being hindered by the smoke.
Dry, sunny conditions will be prevalent for Northwest Montana with no really chance for rain in sight. Across Southwest Montana, the lack of precipitation and calm winds means the smoke will continue to plague the Bitterroot, Missoula and even the Mission valleys.