Winds today will shift to coming from the west during the morning and from the northwest as we head into the evening. The change in wind direction will cut us off from plumes of smoke from California and Oregon that have been around for the better part of the past week. Cloud cover will decrease throughout the day. Expect a few shower along the divide in Northwest Montana. Highs will reach the mid 70s.
A secondary cold front moves in this afternoon and dissipates over the state. The influx of cool air and clear skies will make for a chilly night Friday into Saturday. A light freeze is expected around the divide; areas from Sula to Butte to Seeley Lake will drop into the upper 20s. Expect lows in the mid 30s elsewhere with parts of Southwest Montana only dropping into the 40s.
A beautiful weekend is expected across the area, which will be a nice end to summer. We can expect clear, chilly nights and sunny, warmer days. Warm temperatures continue through Wednesday of next week. There is a slight chance of a shower south of Bozeman on Monday, but most of the region should just expect a bit more cloud cover to begin the week.