Weather Watchers Slideshow

POSTED: 2:08 PM Jan 12 2012   UPDATED: 1:33 PM Jan 13 2012

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Matt Halttunen and Mara Helland

First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

The severe weather tracker is yellow indicating moderate impacts are likely, and possibly high impacts later in the day.  

An upper level low along the coast of Washington will send a couple of waves of energy across the region today.  A few showers and thunderstorms developed overnight, but the stronger storms are expected this afternoon. The chance of strong to severe storms will be from Lost Trail Pass to Butte and north to the Canadian border.  Some of the storms will contain strong winds, hail and lightning. A large part of the day will include ample sunshine which will warm our temperatures into the upper 80s to mid 90s. By late afternoon, clouds and storms will develop with the threat of strong storms until 10pm tonight. A strong cold front moving across the area late tonight will lower snow levels to around 7000 feet for Glacier National Park. Breezy winds and showers will impact northwest Montana Thursday. Elsewhere, partly to mostly cloudy skies, breezy and cooler.

Enjoy the cooler weather, because it will only be temporary.  A big warming trend will begin this weekend and last through next week.  Sunny days with highs in the 80s Saturday, the 80s to lower 90s Sunday and the 90s by Tuesday.

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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 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in meteorology.

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Hourly Forecast

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Weather Watchers Bios

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Alan Young

As a native of the Washington portion of the Pacific Northwest, Montana has always held a certain allure.

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Amanda Hodges

I?m a retired school teacher and have lived here since I retired at age 55.

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Betsy Rieffenberger

I was raised in Ohio and attended Miami University and Ohio State University

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Bill Meadows

I'm third generation on our ranch on Little Beaver Creek at Whitepine

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Chris Gotschalk

I have been interested in weather for ever. As an oceanographer and boat captain

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Dave and Laurie

We have lived in Montana since 2005. Dave has been interested in weather every since he took flying lessons many years ago.

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Deb Peltier

I was born and raised in Western Montana; have lived in this area all of my life.

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Dennis DeVivo

Dillon, MT I am a 68 year old semi-retired pilot/flight instructor and airplane mechanic.

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Glen Helms

I have lived in Montana for 70 years in the Eureka area.

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Greg Harbac

Age 58 Born: Miles City, MT Grades: 1 ? 12 Miles City, MT

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Janet Olson

Originally from Massachusetts and more recently, California,

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Jay and Shirley Bridgewater

Born in South Holland, Illinois on the South Side of Chicago ? Northwest Indiana.

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Jeff Aresty

I live near the Summit Lake divide, midway between Seeley Lake and Condon.

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Jim Malone

I am pleased to be a weather watcher for the West Glacier area.

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Joni Finney

I have lived in Montana since 1993 and in Evaro since 1995.

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Lorie Phelps

I have lived in Montana for 15 years this April, I was born and raised in California.

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Merri Pasquinzo

I am a retired Educational Interpreter For The Deaf.

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Matt Halttunen and Mara Helland

Matt is a 4th generation Montanan who grew up in the Bonner area.

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Nansi Cisneros

I was born and raised in Hollywood, California. Went to college as an Animal Husbandry major

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Paulette Holman

We live at Chimney Peaks up the Hoover Creek Drainage above Drummond

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Rick Hook

I have been in Libby for a little longer than two years.

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Roger Jenkins

I am a retired scientist (analytical chemistry) who, while my first hike in Montana

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Shane Arnott

I have always had an interest in the natural world and have enjoyed all types of outside activities.

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Shirley Gunter

Hi! I'm Shirley Gunter, 2nd grade teacher at Kila School, a small K-8 school southwest of Kalispell.

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Stephanie Smith

I was born in ID and grew up all over MT; from Spotted Bear to Hamilton to Bozeman.

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Todd Johnson

I went to school at the U of M in the mid 70s and lived in a log cabin out on the Blackfoot River.

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Yvonne Frick

I am a native to this beautiful Big Hole Valley. I was raised on our family ranch in Jackson.

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Anonymous

I grew up on SE Montana on a cattle ranch along the Powder River