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Happy Tuesday!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend.  Temperatures have certainly cooled off from the start of the weekend, as Tuesday’s highs were below average.  There is highly unusual weather in the forecast for Montana, and it will have a significant impact on the weekend.  Wednesday, low pressure will drop south out of British Columbia.  This will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms to the state, with clouds and cool temperatures once again.  Showers and storms are likely throughout the day, but increasing in the afternoon.  Highs will only be in the 60s and 70s, so it won’t be a typical warm July day.  Thursday, that storm moves out allowing for a really nice summer day.  Highs will be in the 70s and low 80s, with not much of a breeze.  Friday will likely be the warmest day we have for a while, with highs back up in the 80s and a few 90s.  Afternoon thunderstorms will be scattered across western Montana.  Saturday, a strong low pressure will approach Montana.  The wind will pick up, and once again showers and thunderstorms will develop, this time across the state.  Sunday, low pressure will move right over Montana.  This is an unusually cold and wet storm for this time year.  Solid, soaking rain will develop for a lot of central and western Montana.  This will be great for the fire danger, however, several inches of rain could fall which could produce flooding in some areas of the state.  This storm will be cold enough for SNOW in the mountains, perhaps down to 7000′-8000′.  Highs in the mountains will only be in the 30s and 40s on Sunday, and daytime highs in the lower elevations will barely get to the 50s to around 60.  It really looks like an “inside” day on Sunday.  Rain, wind, cold July temperatures could linger into Monday.

Have a great day!

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Curtis Grevenitz

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