A Break from the Smoke!

Posted at 10:16 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 13:14:11-04

The region will continue to get a break from smoky skies. The upper-level trough that bought showers and gusty wind to the area has now tracked northeastward. The recent showers have also improved the air quality tremendously. Most of the region's air quality is now between Good and Moderate. Today will be an overall dry, warm, and breezy day. The high temperatures will trend in the 70s for the entire region.

Tomorrow clouds will start to increase, and a weak cold front will pass. The front will bring a few scattered showers and cooler temperatures to portions of northwest Montana. The highs will stay in the 70s in central Montana, and the mid to low 80s in eastern Montana. Aside from a few showers that will linger in northwest Montana, conditions are expected to be quiet until a stronger system moves in.

Wednesday will be partly to mostly cloudy. An incoming high pressure will keep the temperatures in the 70s, and the wind will begin to increase. Smoke may work its way back as the wind shifts back to a southwesterly flow.

Thursday, a potent cold front will move in off the Pacific and bring showers, cooler temperatures, and strong wind. Showers will fall west of the Continental Divide and may spill into central Montana. The temperatures west of the Divide will stay in the 50s & 60s, central Montana temperatures will remain in the 70s, and eastern Montana highs will climb to the upper 80s. The wind will howl throughout Montana, but the strongest wind will blow off the northern Rocky Mountain Front. Elevated fire concerns will be likely as dry air continues to linger, which will cause the relative humidity to fall anywhere between 20-30% range.

Friday into the weekend will be cool, windy, and wet.

Have a great day.