WIND ADVISORY in effect late this morning and into the afternoon hours for the Missoula, Hamilton, Butte, Deer Lodge, Drummond and Salmon areas. Southwest winds sustained at 20-30 mph are possible with gusts near 45 mph.
RED FLAG WARNING for the Gallatin National Forest today. Winds and low humidities will create a high fire danger.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Lookout Pass until midnight tonight where 4 to 7 inches of snow are possible. Lolo Pass may also receive 2 to 5 inches of snow.
Today's weather is likely to have a little bit of everything. Some sun and some clouds. Some rain, graupel, and isolated thunderstorms. Calm winds one hour with whistling winds the next hour.
A slow moving cold front is pushing through the region. The area with the best chance for wet weather looks to be west of the continental divide. The cooler airmass keeps northwestern Montana in the 40s, but southwestern Montana stays on the warm side long enough to rise into the upper 50s and 60s.
The weather pattern appears to remain unsettled the remainder of the work week. Thursday won't be a complete washout, but a brief shower or two is likely during the afternoon. Friday may end up being the coldest day with a mix of rain and snow area wide. Snow levels could even drop enough to produce some minor snow accumulations around Butte, Bozeman, and Dillon!
WINTER STORM WATCH in effect Thursday night through Friday evening for Beaverhead, Madison, and Gallatin County. 8 to 16 inches of snow are possible in the mountains with several inches accumulating in the valleys.
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