Rain is on the way!

Winds start shifting Friday
Posted at 3:18 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 17:18:03-04

Southwesterly flow continues to bring smoke into Western Montana Tuesday.

Satellite imagery shows a blanket of smoke settling into valleys, but mountains are now sticking out on these images.

This means less smoke is in the upper atmosphere right now, but we are still feeling the effects of smoke that is now hanging on in valleys.

Air quality has fluctuated anywhere from unhealthy to very unhealthy across our area.

We can expect to see these same conditions exists through the end of the week.

Air quality will continue fluctuating and smoke will settle in and out until Friday morning.

Friday afternoon the ridge starts breaking down as a low drops out of our northwest.

This low pressure system will bring much cooler air and also return moisture to the forecast!

This rain will be VERY beneficial to the Pacific Northwest where those major wildfires are still burning, and this movement of air and shift of wind direction will help bring in fresh air to Western Montana.

We hold steady in the mid to upper 70s this week (temperature very dependent on the amount of smoke in our skies through Friday), and by the weekend temperatures will drop to the mid 60s.