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Last Year Shows Late Summer Snow is Possible…

Posted at 5:56 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 20:26:31-04

One year ago, a record breaking summer snowstorm helped Montana put an end to an historic fire season.  This year, Montana’s fire season is nearing its end again with some rain and snow in the forecast.  Since the middle of August, more wet weather has moved through Montana which kept fire season from reaching historic levels like last year.  Timely rain and cooldowns have continued through the middle of September, and there is more rain and higher elevation snow likely this week and next.  Tuesday will be a partly cloudy and cool late summer day with highs in the 60s to around 70.  A few showers and a thunderstorms are possible up along the Hi-Line.  Wednesday, a cold front will move through the state with clouds and rain developing.  Snow will fall in the mountains down to 6000′.  Highs will only be in the 40s and 50s, so this will be another good storm that gets Montana closer to the end of fire season.  Rain will be widespread overnight Wednesday into Thursday, before exiting eastern Montana on Thursday. Friday and Saturday, the last days of summer will be decent with partly cloudy skies and seasonable temperatures in the 60s to around 70.  The autumnal equinox is officially at 7:54pm Saturday.  That’s when the sun’s direct rays hit south of the equator.  Another storm with rain and higher elevation snow will move in late on Sunday into Monday.  A thirsty state looking to end fire season will get another long drink.

Have a great day.

Curtis Grevenitz

Chief Meteorologist