A FIRE WEATHER WATCH has been issued for most of central Montana for Saturday.
Smoke and fire danger increased across all of Montana on Thursday. Friday will have clearer skies, better air quality, and less wind. Highs will be in the 60s and 70s. The fire danger and wind will ramp up again on Saturday as a cold front approaches. Highs will warm into the 70s and 80s. A cold front will bring big changes late on Saturday. Showers and a few isolated thunderstorms are possible as the front passes. Showers and mountain snow will fall through Saturday night into Sunday morning. Sunday will be a much colder, windy day with a few isolated showers in the lower elevations. Highs will be in the 40s and 50s. In the mountains, snow showers will be widespread with temperatures only in the 20s, so if you are heading up in the higher terrain be prepared for wintry conditions. Another area of low pressure will move into Montana on Monday with a mix of rain and snow in the lower elevations, and snow in the mountains. This storm will certainly help curtail the high fire danger. Highs will only be in the 30s and 40s, 20s in the mountains. Another front will reinforce the chilly air on Wednesday with more widespread snow showers. Most of the accumulation will be limited to the mountains.
Have a great day.