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 until midnight.  Wind gusts of 30 mph will create rough chop ion Flathead Lake. 

WIND ADVISORY until midnight  for the Butte and Blackfoot Region. Butte, Anaconda, Deer Lodge 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 bring a chance of a few evening thundershowers to southwest Montana around Butte and Bozeman.  Behind the front, we can expected scattered rain, snow and graupel showers.  This will continue Wednesday afternoon and again Thursday afternoon.  The majority of the time it will be partly to mostly cloudy.  Much cooler behind the front.  Lows Tuesday night in the upper 20s to lower 30s.  Highs in the 40s Wednesday and Thursday, which is below normal for early April.

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.