Amazing Fall Color Won't Last Long

Posted at 5:33 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 20:58:14-04

A RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for most of central and eastern Montana for Thursday.

What beautiful fall color! A warm fall without an early cold snap and snow has allowed the foliage to really "blossom" this year. Enjoy that while it lasts as several rounds of wind could knock those leaves down over the next several days. Thursday's wind will create critically dangerous fire weather conditions once again. Thus, a RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for much of the state. Strong wind, low humidity and near record high temperatures are likely. Existing, active wildfires should grow. New wildfires could take off quickly if ignited. Also, wildfire smoke from California will likely spread overhead making for hazy skies. Friday will be another mostly sunny day with lighter wind, and highs will be slightly cooler. Big changes are likely this weekend. Saturday will start off windy, warm and dry. A cold front will move through later in the evening with scattered showers and falling temperatures. Rain showers and mountain snow will move through the state Saturday night. Sunday will be partly cloudy, windy, much cooler, with scattered rain and snow showers across the state. Monday will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers and higher elevation snow. Tuesday will switch back to windy and warm before another cold front comes through on Wednesday. The weather will certainly be active over the next week or so.
Have a great day.
Curtis Grevenitz
Chief Meteorologist