Hazy Heading Into The Weekend

Posted at 8:24 AM, Aug 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-17 10:24:06-04

A RED FLAG (FIRE WEATHER) WARNING will go into effect this afternoon for locations in Southwestern and Central Montana. As a low-pressure system moves into our area, the potential for lightning and high wind speeds will increase, which poses a higher threat of fires sparking or spreading.

Additionally, an AIR QUALITY ALERT is still in effect in Northwestern and North-Central Montana for today.  Air quality in this area has been in the “Unhealthy” or “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” level for well over 24 hours.

The bad news today is that the air quality is still not the best starting out this morning.  However, the good news is that the air should improve with the impending low pressure heading our way.  Low-pressure systems help to clean out the smoke in the air, but also increase the risk of new fires sparking.  Storms will begin on Friday afternoon, continuing through Saturday.  Beginning Sunday evening, another system will move through, which will continue through the beginning of next week.  By midweek, the weather will start to warm up and dry out.

Have a great weekend.

Katie Alexander