First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

FIRE WEATHER WATCH Saturday for all forested areas west of the divide, including the Missoula, Butte and Kalispell areas.  Winds will gust up to 30 and 40 mph, causing an extreme fire danger.

A hot, dry and windy start to the holiday weekend is expected across western Montana.  We can expect clear to partly cloudy skies through Saturday.  Highs will be in the 90s with lows in the 50s.  We are tracking a cold front that will bring increasing winds to the region. There will be a slight chance of an afternoon or evening shower or thunderstorm, mainly in Glacier National Park and along and south of I-90 in the Butte and Bozeman areas.

Temperatures will be somewhat cooler behind the front.  Sunday's forecast calls for partly to mostly sunny with highs in the 70s in Bozeman and Butte to the 80s in Missoula and Kalispell.

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