First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

RED FLAG WARNING through Wednesday for the Helena, Lewis and Clark and Gallatin National Forest in southwest Montana.  Gusty winds along with dry air and lightning strikes will bring a high fire danger to the region.

LAKE WIND ADVISORY for Flathead Lake.  Wind gusts of 30 mph will create rough chop ion Flathead Lake. 

WIND ADVISORY for the Butte and Blackfoot Region. Butte and Georgetown Lake will see wind gusts as high as 40 mph.

We are tracking a strong cold front that will bring some big changes to western Montana.  The front will move into the region later today.  In advance of it, we will see increasing cloud and windy conditions. A few afternoon showers and isolated thundershowers are possible today.  Highs will be in the lower 70s in Bozeman and the 60s in Butte in advance of the front.  Highs will remain in the 50s to near 60 in Missoula and Kalispell.

Unsettled weather will continue through Thursday with rain, snow and graupel showers. Otherwise, mostly cloudy with highs only in the 40s and low dropping to the 20s to lower 30s.

A break Friday before more showers develop this weekend.  Highs will be in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

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Mark Heyka

Mark Heyka received a B.A. in broadcast journalism from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

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Brooke Foster

Brooke Foster joined the NBC Montana team in March of 2006.

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Matt Gray

Matt joined the NBC Montana weather team in July 2013 and fell in love with the Montana lifestyle.