MISSOULA — The atmosphere will be drying out Wednesday, however, as our recent low-pressure system is still present over the northern Rockies, scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will be possible across western Montana this afternoon.
Some storms in southwest Montana, especially for locations along the divide could be strong with small hail, gusty winds, and brief heavy rain possible. Highs today will be warmer than the previous two days, however, still below average with temperatures topping out in the 60's.
Showers will come to end this evening for west-central and southwest Montana. Northwest Montana on the other hand will see lingering shower activity overnight into early Thursday morning.
By Thursday afternoon, winds shift to the southwest, this will allow warmer and drier air to begin moving in. High temperatures will return to the 70's Thursday. By Friday and continuing through the 4th of July weekend, high temperatures will be running right at to slightly above normal with highs in the upper 70's to middle 80's.
Mostly dry conditions are expected through the upcoming weekend, however, daily thunderstorm chances will be possible each afternoon specifically for areas south of I-90. Just keep this in mind for what ever plans you may have over the 4th of July weekend.