Red Flag Fire Warnings in effect for much of the State. Some areas in Western MT till 10pm and some spots across Eastern MT are maintaining warnings until Sunday 12am and even Monday 12am
Much of the region is dry and there are already a lot of fires burning across the state.
High Temps, low humidity, strong gusting winds through out the day. Gusts up to 40 mph in some spots.
Smoke in the region from not only fires in our state, but fires burning in the Pac. Northwest and CA.
Air quality still relatively good in the state, but with gusting winds, that could change.
Weather Roller-coaster for sure the next few days.
Today: hot and dry with gusty winds.
Record high temps across the region.
Billings: 95° the record back in 1945… 100° as of 3:15
Livingston: 95° in 1998… 102° as of 3:15
Sheridan: 99° in 1978… 102° as of 3:15
Miles City: 100° in 1978… 92° as of 3:15
Tonight: Front from Canada and Pac. NW begins to push into the area and precipitation may start around the High Line. But dry for most of South Central, Eastern MT and Northern WY.
Tomorrow: Cooler air moves into the region, though it will be Sunny and warm. RED FLAG WARNINGS STILL IN EFFECT FOR MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL MT. Highs will still be in the 80’s for most of the region.
Sunday Night: This is when then the Arctic/Canadian air mass starts moving into North Central MT bringing with it precipitation. Rain and even snow in the higher elevations.
Monday: Big cool off. Highs in some places only in the low 50’s and colder in higher elevations. Precipitation could see between .25 and .50 inch.
SNOW in higher elevations. BEARTOOTH PASS MIGHT SEE UP TO A FOOT OF SNOW. Could make travel in and around the mountains tricky. Use caution and plan accordingly. Red Lodge, MT and Story, WY could see several inches.
Monday night: temps could go down to freezing or even below in most areas. Watch for ice if driving.
Tuesday – Saturday – Dry and cooler than average conditions for Tuesday temps warming back up into the 67 and 70’s later in the week.