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Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Missoula Montana
216 PM MDT Thu Jul 24 2014

Discussion...a low pressure center will continue to move along
the Canadian this afternoon and evening. This system will continue
to cause showers across northwest Montana. The snow levels have
dropped to at least 8000 feet, so the higher peaks and Logan Pass
should expect some snow throughout the evening. The system has
caused gusty westerly winds to mix to the surface, which will
continue to cause choppy conditions on Flathead and koocanusa
lakes. Logan Pass should also be prepared for strong westerly

The upper level flow will become more westerly on Friday as this
system exits the region. Warmer temperatures and gusty afternoon
winds should be anticipated under this flow pattern.

This weekend a ridge of high pressure steadily builds causing hot
and dry conditions. Temperatures will be above normal by Sunday.
The latest model runs indicate the ridge lingering throughout much
of next week. Some monsoonal moisture is expected to move into the
region Monday through Wednesday. This monsoonal moisture could
cause high based thunderstorms during the afternoon/evening hours,
especially over Lemhi County and southwest Montana. Confidence is
low to moderate at this time.

&& cover and scattered showers will continue to
impact northwest Montana this afternoon and evening, particularly
kgpi, as a low pressure system slides along the Canadian border.
Gusty westerly winds are anticipated for all terminals through the
evening, then decrease after sunset. Drier conditions will move
into the region on Friday, but gusty westerly winds should be
anticipated during the afternoon.


Mso watches/warnings/advisories...
Montana...Wind Advisory until midnight MDT tonight Flathead/mission
valleys...Kootenai/Cabinet region...West Glacier region.



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