Special Statement:

Issued at: 1:39 PM MDT on September 18, 2014, expires at: 2:45 PM MDT on September 18, 2014
  • ...Significant weather advisory for central Madison and central Beaverhead counties until 245 PM MDT... At 136 PM MDT...National Weather Service Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm 11 miles north of Lima...or 29 miles south of Dillon...moving northeast at 30 mph. Wind gusts up to 55 mph are expected with this storm...along with brief heavy rain...pea sized hail and occasional lightning.
  • Locations impacted include... rural central and southern Beaverhead County... rural central and southern Madison County... this storm may be certain to monitor local radio and TV well as local cable TV outlets...for additional information and possible warnings from the National Weather Service. Lat...Lon 4559 11211 4512 11145 4459 11262 4484 11294 time...Mot...loc 1938z 227deg 28kt 4480 11262 Hoenisch

First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

A warmer start to your Thursday will also bring a chance for showers and thunderstorms. Moisture will move into the region during the mid-morning hours and give us a potential for some lightning and brief heavy rain. The best chance for rain will be in Southwest Montana, particularly south of Bozeman this morning.

More showers and storms are expected this afternoon and evening as the heat of the day triggers a somewhat unstable atmosphere. Once again, shower and storm coverage will be greatest in Southwest Montana. Rain totals could reach a quarter of an inch from the heaviest downpours. Most of us will only see a few hundredths of an inch of moisture if any at all. Expect minimal impacts from rain from Missoula northward.

Temperatures today will be slightly cooler than the two previous days, with highs reaching the upper 70s with a few locations in the low 80s. Northwest Montana will see the most sunshine and will have a much better chance to see 80 degree temperatures.

A few showers linger around Southwest Montana on Friday with highs dropping into the low 70 across the area. Conditions remain sunny and warm through the weekend through the middle of next week.

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Mark Heyka

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Matt joined the NBC Montana weather team in July 2013 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in meteorology.