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Passing cold front leaves cooler and wetter weather for Thursday

Expect a 10-15 degree drop in highs tomorrow
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Posted at 3:26 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 17:26:44-04

MISSOULA — We track a fast-moving cold front pushing in from the Pacific.

Expect highs to still top out in the upper 80s and low 90s this afternoon.

Ahead of the front, we will see clouds start to build over the area through the late afternoon/ early evening hours today.

Most of these clouds will not produce rain, but there are isolated chances of showers and storms ahead of the system for the Bitterroot Valley this afternoon and evening.

Storms will be isolated to the southwest part of the state tonight and are not expected to be severe, but they may still produce small hail and gusty wind.

Breezy conditions not associated with storms are possible across all of Western Montana tonight as the cold front approaches and into the early morning hours tomorrow as the cold front moves into the area.

Wind gusts could range anywhere from 15-30 MPH (higher gusts in this range expected in higher elevations).

Tomorrow as you wake up, the cold front will have passed and cooler weather and scattered showers will be left behind.

Showers move out by midday, but highs tomorrow afternoon take a 10-15 degree drop from today- only topping out in the mid to upper 70s.

Cooler weather is expected to stick around for a while as the jet stream moves south and blocks ridging and warmer temperatures from the south over the extended forecast.