Warm and Dry, Smoke and Haze

Red Flag Fire Warnings for most of MT on Monday
Posted at 3:21 PM, Sep 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-13 17:21:49-04

BILLINGS — Forecast

Today and Tomorrow: Mostly Sunny days and Clear nights for the next 48 hours. Temps in the 80’s today and into the 90’s on Monday. But smoke will become thicker in the region from all the Western Wildfires today and into Monday.

Air Quality warnings already in place for Washington, Oregon, Idaho and now Northwestern MT. Areas like Thompson Falls and Columbia Falls are seeing unhealthy air, while particulate levels in Libby are down right Hazardous. Other parts of Western MT, like Dillion, Missoula and West Yellowstone are only currently seeing a moderate reduction in air quality. As the smoke moves east, expect air quality to decrease.

The other big news for Monday is that most of the state, with parts of Northern WY and Western SD are now under a Red Flag Fire Warning until 9pm.

Hot Temps into the 90’s, Low Humidity and winds could be gusting up to 30 mph.

Note: Most fires are started by people, so Monday especially, avoid burning anything, be careful with cigarettes and secure chains on trailers.

Monday Night, Temps back into the 50’s. Dry cold front moves into the region but will not give enough airflow to move the smoke away overnight and it will bring only slightly cooler conditions Tuesday.

Tuesday: Still dry with temps into the mid 80’s, but Tuesday night another cool front moves in from Canada bringing with it a chance for showers into Wednesday.

Wednesday: Temps back into the 70’s and we may even see an isolated shower or two across the region. Chance of precipitation only about 20%.

Thursday through Saturday: High pressure moves back into the region. Dryer, with temps back up into the 80’s. We may start seeing some showers push into Western MT on Friday night. This may also bring cooler temps and more sustained showers throughout the weekend.