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A prolonged period of strong winds will affect western Montana, and to a lesser extent north central Idaho, beginning late Tuesday night and lasting through Wednesday.
National Weather Service Missoula

Winter weather is rolling into Montana this evening. Montana is sitting smack dab in-between two developing weather systems. How it will affect you depends on where you are and where you’re traveling this holiday week.

A wintery weather system is at moving south out of British Columbia into northwestern and west-central Montana.
National Weather Service Missoula

Any remaining hope for a gradual, easy transition from summer to winter is fading fast.

Another wintery weather system – the third this fall, for those keeping track – is at moving south out of British Columbia into northwestern and west-central Montana.

The countdown has begun to a blast of snow, cold temperatures and strong winds coming out of Alberta headed for Montana and northern Wyoming. Warm, sunny weather will linger for another day before the snowfall.

A party-line vote late in a Montana House committee Friday is advancing the controversial bill that gives NorthWestern Energy incentives to buy a larger share of the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip.
Nora Saks / Montana Public Radio

The National Weather Service is calling it a historic winter storm, bringing strong winds, heavy, wet and blowing snow and record cold temperatures to much of Montana starting tonight. As residents prepare for this early winter event so is a major utility.

A winter storm at this time of year means there are still leaves on the trees and tree damage is likely. And that means downed power lines.

National Weather Service

Unseasonably cold and wet weather is set to pummel Montana this weekend. The cold snap’s widespread impacts could possibly affect power lines, livestock and backcountry travelers. The next several days will make it feel like we bypassed autumn altogether and went straight to winter.

Missoula Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Enjoying these hot, late-summer days? If so, soak it in while you can. Fall-like weather is fast approaching.

Large swaths of Montana and Wyoming are facing critical fire danger today.

72 hour quantitative precipitation accumulation (inches). Valid Sunday, August 11, 11 p.m.
National Weather Service Missoula

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Some Montana residents were cleaning up Monday after a series of thunderstorms brought large hail, heavy rain and strong winds that downed trees and power lines and damaged buildings and vehicles.

National Weather Service

Wet thunderstorms expected to sweep western Montana through the weekend could provide wildland firefighters their best reprieve of the season yet.

That includes those attacking the Horsefly Fire east of Lincoln, the Beeskove Fire east of Missoula, and the Snow Creek Fire in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

A helicopter drops water on the Beeskove fire north of Missoula July 26, 2019.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

Updated 10:45 p.m. July 26, 2019.

The Lewis and Clark County Sheriffs Office has ordered evacuations near Helena due to growing danger from the North Hills Fire. Residents near the intersection of Snowdrift and Ferry, east to Hauser Dam Road are ordered to evacuate the area.

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