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First Alert Forecast: Strong to severe thunderstorms this afernoon

By Brooke Foster, Montana Today Meteorologist, bfoster@keci.com
Published On: Jul 23 2014 06:46:32 AM MDT
Updated On: Jul 23 2014 09:51:08 AM MDT
today 7.23.14

The severe weather tracker is yellow indicating moderate impacts are likely, and possibly high impacts later in the day.  

An upper level low along the coast of Washington will send a couple of waves of energy across the region today.  A few showers and thunderstorms developed overnight, but the stronger storms are expected this afternoon. The chance of strong to severe storms will be from Lost Trail Pass to Butte and north to the Canadian border.  Some of the storms will contain strong winds, hail and lightning. A large part of the day will include ample sunshine which will warm our temperatures into the upper 80s to mid 90s. By late afternoon, clouds and storms will develop with the threat of strong storms until 10pm tonight. A strong cold front moving across the area late tonight will lower snow levels to around 7000 feet for Glacier National Park. Breezy winds and showers will impact northwest Montana Thursday. Elsewhere, partly to mostly cloudy skies, breezy and cooler.

Enjoy the cooler weather, because it will only be temporary.  A big warming trend will begin this weekend and last through next week.  Sunny days with highs in the 80s Saturday, the 80s to lower 90s Sunday and the 90s by Tuesday.