Tuesday’s wind carried flames from several new wildfires in northcentral and northwest Montana.  The fires were relatively small ranging from only a few acres to around 50 acres, but wildfires returned to Big Sky Country after a record breaking fire season.  Another RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for northcentral Montana across the prairies for Thursday.  Wind will increase to between 15-30mph out of the southwest, and humidity will drop below 20%.  Temperatures will also be a factor, warming up into the 70s for most of the state.  Be careful!  Also, enjoy the nice weather!  With the exception of the fire danger, Thursday will be another beautiful October day.  Big changes are in store for Friday with a cold front coming across the state.  Temperatures will drop into the 40s and 50s, with rain and higher elevation snow mainly along and west of the Continental Divide.  Several inches of snow will accumulate above 6000′, and snow could mix down below 5000′ at times Friday.  West wind will gust up over 30mph.  Saturday will be cool and blustery, more typical of October.  Highs will be in the 40s and 50s, with partly to mostly cloudy skies.  Saturday will be dry, but an approaching storm will increase the cloud cover throughout the day.  Sunday will be mostly cloudy with rain and mountain snow west of the Divide.  Some of that wet weather will spill over east of the Divide late in the day.  Sunday will be warmer, with highs in the 60s.  Most of next week will be warm and dry, with periods of strong winds impacting the state again.

Have a great day!

Curtis Grevenitz

 

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