Rex Block is finally hitting the road. After a lengthy stay of high pressure, sunshine and above average temperatures, the weather pattern that was responsible for the recent conditions is beginning to break down. The first sign of the recent weather pattern breaking down was an increase in cloud cover through the afternoon and evening. There will be partly cloudy skies over the next few days with mild temperatures. Wind will also become more noticeable by the end of the week and the weekend. It’s the beginning of “windy” season here in Montana, which usually occurs toward the end of October and the beginning of November. That’s when the jet stream descends from Canada down into the northern United States. Beginning Friday, a new storm will move through with increasing clouds, wind and showers. With mild temperatures in place, snow levels will generally be high in the 7,000-8,000′ range. Saturday will be showery, blustery and cooler. That storm will move out for a nicer, drier and sunnier Sunday. However, another low pressure will move toward the state Monday and Tuesday of next week. This system will drag colder air down into the state, and by Tuesday there will be cold enough air in place for a mix of rain and snow showers to dot the landscape. Right now, Halloween looks chilly and breezy with a few snow showers. Long range, the first part of November will be colder and snowier than what we saw in October.
Prescribed burns by the National Forest Service have been conducted the last several days. These burns are in hopes of preventing larger wildfires in the future.
Have a great day!