MISSOULA — Temperatures continue their warming trend Thursday and Friday. Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies Thursday with highs in the 70s and 80s. Then abundant sunshine Friday with highs in the 80s and low 90s. One thing that we are watching for Friday is gusty winds to develop Friday afternoon in southwest Montana. Winds gusts of 25-35 mph will be possible.
A low pressure system will bring scattered thunderstorms to northwest Montana Friday night into Saturday morning. With ample moisture in place, any storms that develop could be capable of heavy rain, along very strong winds and hail. With streams and rivers already very full heavy rain with these storms could quickly increase the flood threat.
The showers and storms will then slide south and be possible in west-central and southwest Montana Saturday afternoon while northwest Montana remains dry. Highs will be a bit cooler Saturday topping out in the 70s.
Our next weather system brings cooler temperatures along with rain back to the forecast Sunday and Monday. Once again, models are showing the chance for northwest Montana to see heavy rain with this system leading to even more flood concerns. This is something we will continue to watch very closely moving forward.
This system will quickly move through as temperatures return to the 70s by Tuesday and these look to stick around through next week.