MTPR

National Weather Service

A forecast graphic showing temperature predictions for Feb. 3, 2019.
National Weather Service Missoula

Snow, wind and cold temperatures are on the way. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a weekend winter storm watches for several areas in Western Montana.

Wind chill could drop temperatures to as low as -30 degrees. NWS cautions that frostbite on exposed skin could occur in as little as 30 minutes.

Sub-basin snow water equivalent - Jan. 1, 2019.
NRCS Montana Snow Survey Staff / USDA

Montana’s snowpack is hit or miss so far this winter. The Bozeman-based Natural Resources Conservation Service says autumn snowstorms laid a good foundation, but it's still too early to know where the season will go. 

Wintertime El Niño Pattern
NOAAClimate.gov

Odds are that Montana’s winter will be marked by at or below normal snowpack and above-normal temperatures.

That’s according to the Missoula National Weather Service, which released its winter weather outlook Monday.

A webcam view from Logan Pass in Glacier National Park on the morning of August 27, 2018.
Glacier National Park

Updated 5:15 p.m.

The widespread precipitation gracing Montana has at least tapped the brakes on the 2018 fire season. But National Weather Service Meteorologist Trent Smith says it’s not the full-stop event everybody’s hoping for.

A view of the Davis Fire in the Kootenai National Forest, August 2, 2018.
Inciweb

Mild weather unlikely to expand wildfires is expected this weekend, after a week of high temperatures, low humidity and a Red Flag Warning - or an indication that weather is ripe for wildfires to start and spread. That red flag warning for the western two-thirds of Montana is set to expire at midnight tonight.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 2, 2018

Aug 2, 2018
What is a red flag warning?
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says fire-weather conditions now exist across much of Montana, with high temperatures, low humidity and strong wind gusts forecast through tomorrow. Red flag warnings are in effect.

Significant Wildland Fire Potential August 2018.
National Interagency Fire Center

A five-acre fire started around 4 p.m. Wednesday near Alberton. Lolo National Forest spokesperson Boyd Hartwig says the fire is burning mostly grass, and that it’s not yet known if the fire is human-caused.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For July 30, 2018

Jul 30, 2018
The Lee Creek fire burning near Lolo Hot Springs was spotted July 29, 2018 from a Forest Service detection flight.
Lolo National Forest

 


Updated and corrected: 5:35 p.m., 07/30/18

Twenty fires have flared up in the Kootenai National Forest, all caused by lightning from weekend storms.

Most of the fires are only burning a few acres, but the Davis Fire is now reported at 1,000 acres in size, according to a post on the Kootenai National Forest Facebook page. A fire spokesperson told MTPR Monday afternoon that the Davis fire was only 50 acres.

Smoke from the Bacon Rind Fire fills the sky, July 26, 2018.
Inciweb

Wildfire activity was minimal in Montana today, but a fire weather warning is in effect until 9 p.m for the Lolo National Forest area from Drummond through Missoula and to Thompson Falls, including Seeley Lake.

Corby Dickerson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service says issuing the warning gives a heads-up for those doing initial attack on wildfires.

Flood Warning Issued For Great Falls, Cascade

Jun 20, 2018
Numerous flood highlights continue across portions of North Central and Southwest MT. The flooding is likely to last several days in some areas. There is the potential for additional flooding later this week with more precipitation and runoff.
National Weather Service, Great Falls, MT.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Missouri River between Cascade and Great Falls on Wednesday, leading residents to move belongings to higher ground and start sandbagging. Others were already surrounded.

Pages