Fire Danger Increases As Thunderstorms Approach

Posted at 8:33 AM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 10:35:35-04

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH will go into effect on Friday night when thunderstorms will move into Montana.  Due to their low moisture content, lightning and wind gusts with these storms will increase the danger of fires sparking.

AN AIR QUALITY ALERT is still valid for Northwestern Montana, where air quality levels have been in the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” or “Unhealthy” range for over 24 hours.

Today will be the last day of hot, dry, hazy weather before the weather begins to shift.  There is an ever- so- slight chance of isolated thunderstorms near the capital tonight, but things won’t really kick into full gear until Friday.  Widespread thunderstorms will move through Southwestern and Central Montana Friday afternoon, continuing through Saturday.  Sunday and Monday, another round of thunderstorms will come through.