A HIGH WIND WATCH has been issued for the Rocky Mountain Front, Eastern Glacier, Toole, Liberty, Eastern Pondera, and Eastern Teton for strong west winds.
A FIRE WEATHER WATCH has been issued for most of Montana.
Today will be an overall dry, breezy, and warm day. Conditions are expected to remain quiet until a strong system begins to move in tomorrow. The state will have an increase in clouds and a southwesterly flow that will allow the temperatures to warm back into the upper 70s and low 80s. The skies may stay a tad hazy as smoke continues to move in from ongoing fires in northern California, but thankfully it will not affect the air quality too bad. As of now, the air quality has gone back and forth between Good and Moderate.
Tomorrow, 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 into the upper 80s. Strong southwest winds will shift more westerly with the passage of the front. West winds 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 cooler, wet at times, and windy.
Next week a high-pressure system will warm the temperatures back into the 70s and keep the conditions dry.
Have a great day.