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Wildland fire managers told Governor Steve Bullock June 16 in a 2020 fire season briefing they’re ready for what could become an above average fire year made even more complicated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Western Montana weather forecasters are keeping a close eye on the potential for some powerful storms between 7 p.m. and midnight Friday.

National Weather Service Missoula

It’s not your imagination: It’s been an unusually cool Montana May. That’s about to change in a big way.

A high-pressure system building over western Montana will lead to temperatures warming to near 90 degrees by Friday. That’s 15-20 degrees above normal for this time of the year according to National Weather Service-Missoula meteorologist Jeff Kitsmiller.

The National Weather Service advises heavy rain is possible across portions of southwest, central and north central Montana over the next three days. It could lead to the flooding of streams, creeks, and rivers originating from the mountains.
National Weather Service-Great Falls

Widespread heavy rain showers are rolling through Montana Monday evening. They are expected to intensify through the week, meaning rivers and streams will soon be on the rise.

Steady rain and driving rain storms will be the predominant weather throughout the northern Rockies this week, according to National Weather Service-Missoula hydrologist Ray Nicolas.

A weather system bringing cooler temperatures, snow and high winds is expected to hit western Montana this weekend.
National Weather Service Missoula

The spring weather that brought Montana plenty of sunshine and afternoon highs in the upper 60s this week is about to be replaced with something very different. National Weather Service Meteorologist Travis Booth says a blast of wintery weather moves into Montana tonight.

Strong gusts, snow and unseasonable cold temperatures are in the forecast for western and north central Montana this weekend.
National Weather Service Missoula

The weekend forecast is calling for bitter-cold temperatures, snow and strong winds; a stark reminder that winter’s not quite done with us yet.

Missoula National Weather Service Meteorologist Travis Booth says a blast of arctic air will spill over the Continental Divide starting Friday morning

The National Weather Service on Mar. 3 issued a red flag warning for parts of central and southeastern Montana due to dry winds that could lead to “extreme fire behavior.”

National Weather Service

BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Strong winds in western Montana caused power outages and road closures on Saturday.

Most of Montana will be bracing for strong, gusty winds, warm temperatures and heightened fire danger Friday and Saturday but National Weather Service forecasters say this is just a typical Montana winter.

It may be winter but fire danger around Montana could spike this weekend when a system with strong winds, dry conditions and possible record highs for parts of Montana blows in on Saturday.