Fire Weather Forecast for SW Montana

Posted at 1:39 PM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 15:39:55-04

City by City Forecast:

BOZEMAN: LOW: 53°; HIGH FRIDAY: 87°. Warm and smoky this afternoon and evening with increasing clouds. Friday look for scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms and turning cooler Friday night.

BUTTE: LOW: 53°; HIGH FRIDAY: 85°.Mostly cloudy and smoky for Thursday afternoon and evening. Thunderstorms chances are very low Thursday but there is a good chance for a few passing thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening.

DILLON: LOW: 50°; HIGH FRIDAY: 80°. Mostly cloudy and smoky for Dillon Thursday afternoon. Friday will also be mostly cloudy with building afternoon showers or thunderstorms likely and cooler compared to the rest of SW Montana.

WEST YELLOWSTONE: LOW: 40°; HIGH FRIDAY: 78°. Mostly cloudy Thursday into Friday. Thunderstorms are possible Friday afternoon and evening. Considerable wildfire smoke continues to push your way and air quality ratings have been in the “UNHEALTHY” range all day Thursday.


The next weather maker will arrive Friday afternoon with a slower upper level Low that will take several days to pass through the state. This means there is a chance for rain Friday through Sunday. That might sound wonderful, however, this pattern change will bring possible new fire starts to SW Montana as several rounds of thunderstorms are likely producing frequent lightning and erratic winds. Some storms could produce brief heavy rain and others very little rainfall.