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Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Great Falls Montana
526 am MDT Friday may 29 2015


Today through Sunday...any lingering showers across the area this
morning are limited to the mountains of north central and
southwest Montana, where middle level cloudiness is still widespread.
However, with most of the area receiving showers yesterday and
overnight, areas of low clouds and fog have developed as of this
morning across the entire area. Fog is not dense at this time, but
will continue to monitor the situation, especially along the hi-
line, where skies have become mostly clear. Otherwise, an upper
level high pressure ridge will build into Montana today, partially
clearing out the low and middle level cloudiness. However, a
disturbance will move through the ridge with its warm and weakly
unstable air this afternoon and evening, bringing at least
isolated showers and thunderstorms to the area. The best chance
for showers and thunderstorms during this period will come on
Saturday afternoon and evening. Another weak disturbance will
move through the ridge during this time frame. A jet maximum
associated with the disturbance will combine with deeper Pacific
moisture and a more unstable airmass than expected today to bring
a more widespread chance of showers and thunderstorms to the area
on Saturday. In fact, the instability and wind shear could be
strong enough to cause some storms across central Montana to
produce brief heavy rain, small hail, and gusty winds, so have
mentioned these in the forecast. As of this time, the Storm
Prediction Center has this area under a marginal risk for severe
thunderstorms. Currently, the various ingredients only indicate
strong storm potential, but will continue to monitor the
situation. Yet another weak disturbance/jet maximum/Pacific moisture
system will move through the area on Sunday, but the instability
and shear are fairly weak with this system. Therefore, while there
will be another chance for showers and thunderstorms, it is
unlikely that storms will become strong. Part of what will drive
storm development through this period is a steadily warming
airmass associated with the upper ridge. Highs will warm from
mostly the 60s to lower 70s today to the upper 60s and 70s on
Sunday, with many locations approaching 80 degrees for the first
time this year. Overnight lows will also remain mild, with most
places only falling into the middle 40s to lower 50s. Coulston

Sunday night through Thursday...the region will be underneath a
flat upper level ridge Sunday night that will gradually sharpen
Monday. However, moisture ahead of a low pressure trough over the
West Coast will be moving across The Rockies and the airmass will
become unstable again by Monday afternoon. A Pacific cold front
associated with the trough to the west will cross the area Monday
night and bring cooler temperatures to the region Tuesday. The
upper level low will broaden and become nearly stationary over the
western US. Moisture will continue to move into the region and
heights aloft will continue to fall. This will keep showers and
thunderstorms in the forecast moisture through Thursday. The low
pressure aloft will keep the airmass cool and temperatures, after
beginning the period Sunday night and Monday well above normals,
will trend lower to near normals by Thursday. Zelzer



Updated 1125z.

Weak high pressure aloft, low-level moisture, and light surface
winds have allowed areas of low clouds and fog to develop. Areas of
concern include kctb, khvr, kgtf, and klwt. Local IFR conditions are
possible in these areas. VFR conditions will return across the
region by mid-morning. The airmass will become slightly unstable
this afternoon but only southern portions or southwest Montana
should see more than an isolated thunderstorm. Most activity will
remain south of kbzn. Updated 0535z.


Preliminary point temps/pops...
gtf 68 48 73 52 / 10 20 50 30
ctb 66 43 70 47 / 20 30 50 30
hln 74 51 75 54 / 20 30 50 40
bzn 68 46 72 50 / 20 20 40 40
wey 63 35 65 43 / 30 20 30 30
dln 71 48 73 51 / 20 30 50 40
hvr 67 43 77 48 / 0 10 30 40
lwt 65 46 74 50 / 10 20 60 40


Tfx watches/warnings/advisories...



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