National Weather Service

Smoke from the Reynolds Creek Fire as seen from St. Mary visitor's center.
Glacier National Park

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag fire weather warning for the east side of Glacier National Park today from noon to 9:00 p.m., meaning high winds and low humidity, with temperatures in the 70s.

Cooler, wetter weather is forecast for July across the western U.S.
National Weather Service, Missoula

Persistent rain and cooler temperatures brought welcome relief to parts of parched western Montana this past weekend.

Fire managers say the rain has helped, but they’re also warning the public against letting its guard down.

Strong thunderstorms are possible in parts of western Montana today
National Weather Service, Missoula

Today will be an active thunderstorm day for the Northern Rockies, with a few storms capable of producing very heavy downpours, hail, frequent lightning, and gusty winds, according to the National Weather Service in Missoula. The best potential for strong storms will this afternoon/evening and stretch from Central Idaho through Southwest Montana. Those participating in outdoor activities this afternoon and evening should be prepared for quickly changing and inclement conditions.

The storm destroyed some outbuildings on 66 Ranch outside of Havre
Courtesy Rylee Strauser

Thousands of Montanans had a 4th of July they won’t soon forget. A storm packing powerful winds, intense rain and large hail disrupted life  across the state’s northern tier last weekend. Some think tornadoes touched down, but meteorologists aren’t yet willing to go that far.

A roughly 300-mile stretch of northern Montana is still cleaning up after a powerful storm swept across the region this weekend.

Fireworks Bans Spread Across Western Montana

Jul 2, 2015
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Fireworks bans are spreading across western Montana in the face of hot, dry weather, and high fire danger.

The City of Whitefish has canceled its 4th of July public fireworks display, citing a fire weather watch for Saturday, issued by the National Weather Service. The Weather Service says to expect high temperatures, low humidifies and gusty winds from the Flathead Valley, through Missoula to south of Dillon. Communities included in the fire weather watch include Eureka, Libby, Polson, Seeley Lake, Hamilton and Butte.

Heat Safety Checklist

Jun 25, 2015
Extreme heat safety checklist
National Weather Service, Missoula Montana

Historic high temperatures are forecast across western Montana for this weekend and into next week. Here are some tips for staying safe in extreme heat.

National Weather Service, Missoula

The National Weather Service warns an intense and prolonged heat wave will bring dangerously hot temperatures to western Montana this weekend.

"I am not hesitant to use the word 'historic' for this event," Weather Service meteorologist Dan Zumpf explained.

National Weather Service, Missoula

Fire danger is now high in Missoula County, one month earlier than last year.

Officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association say unseasonably warm temperatures, lack of rain and persistent winds have prompted them to go straight from a low fire danger rating to high starting just after midnight tonight.

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The first part of June brought badly-needed rain to Montana, but it's barely making up for a particularly dry month of May.

William Neuheisel

Flathead Lake is a good two feet below full pool following this particularly dry spring in northwest Montana. Northwestern Energy, which manages Kerr Dam, has notified tribal and federal agencies that water levels are low which could affect outflows this summer. Kerr produces power, regulates the lake's water levels and several reservoirs.

Weekend Snow Headed To Western Montana

Jan 10, 2015
National Weather Service

Light to moderate snow will gradually overspread the region through Sunday morning creating hazardous travel at times. Mountain passes are expected to generally receive 3-6 inches of snow, while the valleys of western Montana see anywhere from 1-4 inches with only a light dusting possible for north central Idaho valleys. Slick roads are likely, especially back streets and parking lots which have not entirely cleared out from the last storm.

National Weather Service, Missoula, MT

Driving conditions in Western Montana are the worst they’ve been all year. That’s according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Luke Robinson.

“We haven't seen driving conditions like this, probably since last year, so this is pretty bad.”

Robinson says a winter storm warning remains in effect for western Montana through 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Montana Department of Transportation crews cleared a wreck involving a semi from Highway 200 near Bonner earlier today.

Video: High Impact Winter Storm Briefing For Western Montana

Jan 2, 2015
National Weather Service

A potentially long-lasting winter storm will affect the Northern Rockies this Sunday through at least Tuesday and bring heavy snow and mixed precipitation. Watch the storm briefing below.

"Bottom line is we could be talking about a winter storm that could last several days and impact a lot of people."

Mother Nature gave Montana a real one-two punch of cold weather yesterday, and forecasters say it's going to get even colder tonight. 

First, a blustery low-pressure system moved into the state yesterday afternoon. The winds died down and the skies cleared early this morning. That allowed those temperatures to plummet.

Gorgeous weather, right?!

Enjoy it now, because today's  National Weather Service weather discussion for western Montana includes this interesting nugget:

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July rain showers are rare, but welcome events in western Montana.

Many early-risers in our listening area awoke to just that this morning and weather forecasters say more of the same is coming.

National Weather Service meteorologist, Genki Kino, says this morning's rain was the first measurable precipitation in Missoula for this month. Nearly two-tenths of an inch of rain fell between 4:30 and 6-a.m.

National Weather Service meteorologist LeAnne Allegretto describes an incoming weather system as a potential "resetting" event; one that could - at least temporarily - give firefighters in parts of western Montana a much needed break.
       The technical term for this sort of wet, slow-moving weather event is a "cut-off low". Allegretto says thunderstorms will start to develop across central Idaho and southwest Montana.