A cold front brought cooler air on the heals of gusty winds Thursday across western Montana. A WIND ADVISORY remains posted until midnight for northwest Montana, including Kalispell, Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park. West southwest winds will gust up to 30 and 40 mph. Elsewhere, gusts up to 25 and 30 mph will be possible.
A long dry weather pattern will establish itself across the northern Rockies through the weekend and beyond. We can expect clear, cool nights and sunny days. A warming trend begins this weekend with hot weather returning next week.
Pleasant Friday and Saturday with highs in the 70s Friday and the mid 70s to lower 80s Saturday. Warmer Sunday with highs in the 80s to lower 90s. Highs will be in the 90s daily next week in Missoula with mid 80s to lower 90s in Bozeman, Kalispell and Bozeman.
The only mention of rain is a slight chance of storms around Butte and Bozeman late next week as some monsoon moisture works its way northward into southwest Montana.