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Dense wildfire smoke pushed east, rain on the way in west

Showers chances increase by midweek
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Posted at 3:25 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 17:25:57-04

MISSOULA — Air quality has improved significantly compared to the last 7 days.

We were holding steady in ‘unhealthy’ to ‘very unhealthy’ air quality last week and the beginning of this weekend.

A cold front attached to a low pressure system dropped in the second half of the weekend and brought enough change in wind. This help kick out the stagnant smoke and bring in fresh air to Western Montana.

Blue skies will remain overhead to start the week, but traces of wildfire smoke will as well.

We will not be experiencing the smoke we did last week, but air quality will fluctuate slightly in the lower end of the spectrum (‘good’ to ‘moderate’ etc.)

Air quality today in Western Montana has been holding steadily in the ‘good’ and ‘moderate’ category!

It will much easier (and healthier) to go outside and enjoy the 70s and mostly sunny skies that start off our work week.

Another round of changes moves in Tuesday.

Isolated showers will move in Tuesday afternoon and evening for West-Central and Northwest Montana.

These will move out and another round of isolated showers move in for all Western Montana Wednesday night.

This will start a wetter-than-average outlook as we se rain in the forecast through the beginning of the weekend.

Showers will likely be more widespread on Thursday, scattered Friday, and isolated this weekend.