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FXUS65 KMSO 272028
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
228 PM MDT FRI MAR 27 2015

...WIDESPREAD WINDY CONDITIONS FOR NORTHERN ROCKIES SATURDAY...

.DISCUSSION...Most of the morning fog and low stratus has lifted
from select valleys, allowing for plenty of afternoon sunshine
and warming temperatures. Most locations will see very mild temps
today, but the nice spring weather will be rather short-lived as
our next potent cold front enters from the west later tonight. In
advance of this frontal passage, there is the chance for some
lightning to occur across western portions of Clearwater and Idaho
counties later this evening, with a few isolated storms possible
in the Panhandle and into NW Montana as well.

By Saturday morning, the brunt of the cold front will be felt
across the remainder of the Northern Rockies, as mountain snowfall
and valley rain becomes widespread. More notably will be the
persistent gusty winds expected for all of central Idaho and
western Montana, which will begin quite early and last through
Saturday evening. Wind advisories have been issued for parts of
southwest Montana and west central Montana to account for gusts up
to 40 mph; even some brief periods of gusts to 50 mph. In
addition, Flathead Lake is in a lake wind advisory to cover gusty
winds and resultant increased wave activity, thus impacting those
with boating plans. Strong winds will die off around sunset
Saturday, with Sunday looking drier, cooler, and less windy.

The next weather system on tap for our region will arrive
Tuesday, with impacts possibly lasting through Friday. Right now,
it looks to be a cooler and wetter system, so a dreary-looking
week may be ahead of us.

&&

.AVIATION...A few cumulus buildups are possible over central Idaho
and far western Montana late this afternoon and evening ahead of a
weather disturbance moving into the region. This disturbance will
push a vigorous cold front through the area overnight and early
Saturday morning, with an abrupt shift to gusty westerly winds and
rain showers accompanying the front. Area terminals will likely see
sustained winds of 10-20 kts and gusts of 30 kts or more, with
the strongest winds at KBTM.

&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday Butte/Blackfoot
     Region...Potomac/Seeley Lake Region.

     WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday Bitterroot/Sapphire
     Mountains...Missoula/Bitterroot Valleys.

     LAKE WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday
     Flathead/Mission Valleys.

ID...&&

$$





000
FXUS65 KMSO 272028
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
228 PM MDT FRI MAR 27 2015

...WIDESPREAD WINDY CONDITIONS FOR NORTHERN ROCKIES SATURDAY...

.DISCUSSION...Most of the morning fog and low stratus has lifted
from select valleys, allowing for plenty of afternoon sunshine
and warming temperatures. Most locations will see very mild temps
today, but the nice spring weather will be rather short-lived as
our next potent cold front enters from the west later tonight. In
advance of this frontal passage, there is the chance for some
lightning to occur across western portions of Clearwater and Idaho
counties later this evening, with a few isolated storms possible
in the Panhandle and into NW Montana as well.

By Saturday morning, the brunt of the cold front will be felt
across the remainder of the Northern Rockies, as mountain snowfall
and valley rain becomes widespread. More notably will be the
persistent gusty winds expected for all of central Idaho and
western Montana, which will begin quite early and last through
Saturday evening. Wind advisories have been issued for parts of
southwest Montana and west central Montana to account for gusts up
to 40 mph; even some brief periods of gusts to 50 mph. In
addition, Flathead Lake is in a lake wind advisory to cover gusty
winds and resultant increased wave activity, thus impacting those
with boating plans. Strong winds will die off around sunset
Saturday, with Sunday looking drier, cooler, and less windy.

The next weather system on tap for our region will arrive
Tuesday, with impacts possibly lasting through Friday. Right now,
it looks to be a cooler and wetter system, so a dreary-looking
week may be ahead of us.

&&

.AVIATION...A few cumulus buildups are possible over central Idaho
and far western Montana late this afternoon and evening ahead of a
weather disturbance moving into the region. This disturbance will
push a vigorous cold front through the area overnight and early
Saturday morning, with an abrupt shift to gusty westerly winds and
rain showers accompanying the front. Area terminals will likely see
sustained winds of 10-20 kts and gusts of 30 kts or more, with
the strongest winds at KBTM.

&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday Butte/Blackfoot
     Region...Potomac/Seeley Lake Region.

     WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday Bitterroot/Sapphire
     Mountains...Missoula/Bitterroot Valleys.

     LAKE WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday
     Flathead/Mission Valleys.

ID...&&

$$






000
FXUS65 KMSO 272028
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
228 PM MDT FRI MAR 27 2015

...WIDESPREAD WINDY CONDITIONS FOR NORTHERN ROCKIES SATURDAY...

.DISCUSSION...Most of the morning fog and low stratus has lifted
from select valleys, allowing for plenty of afternoon sunshine
and warming temperatures. Most locations will see very mild temps
today, but the nice spring weather will be rather short-lived as
our next potent cold front enters from the west later tonight. In
advance of this frontal passage, there is the chance for some
lightning to occur across western portions of Clearwater and Idaho
counties later this evening, with a few isolated storms possible
in the Panhandle and into NW Montana as well.

By Saturday morning, the brunt of the cold front will be felt
across the remainder of the Northern Rockies, as mountain snowfall
and valley rain becomes widespread. More notably will be the
persistent gusty winds expected for all of central Idaho and
western Montana, which will begin quite early and last through
Saturday evening. Wind advisories have been issued for parts of
southwest Montana and west central Montana to account for gusts up
to 40 mph; even some brief periods of gusts to 50 mph. In
addition, Flathead Lake is in a lake wind advisory to cover gusty
winds and resultant increased wave activity, thus impacting those
with boating plans. Strong winds will die off around sunset
Saturday, with Sunday looking drier, cooler, and less windy.

The next weather system on tap for our region will arrive
Tuesday, with impacts possibly lasting through Friday. Right now,
it looks to be a cooler and wetter system, so a dreary-looking
week may be ahead of us.

&&

.AVIATION...A few cumulus buildups are possible over central Idaho
and far western Montana late this afternoon and evening ahead of a
weather disturbance moving into the region. This disturbance will
push a vigorous cold front through the area overnight and early
Saturday morning, with an abrupt shift to gusty westerly winds and
rain showers accompanying the front. Area terminals will likely see
sustained winds of 10-20 kts and gusts of 30 kts or more, with
the strongest winds at KBTM.

&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday Butte/Blackfoot
     Region...Potomac/Seeley Lake Region.

     WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday Bitterroot/Sapphire
     Mountains...Missoula/Bitterroot Valleys.

     LAKE WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday
     Flathead/Mission Valleys.

ID...&&

$$





000
FXUS65 KMSO 272028
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
228 PM MDT FRI MAR 27 2015

...WIDESPREAD WINDY CONDITIONS FOR NORTHERN ROCKIES SATURDAY...

.DISCUSSION...Most of the morning fog and low stratus has lifted
from select valleys, allowing for plenty of afternoon sunshine
and warming temperatures. Most locations will see very mild temps
today, but the nice spring weather will be rather short-lived as
our next potent cold front enters from the west later tonight. In
advance of this frontal passage, there is the chance for some
lightning to occur across western portions of Clearwater and Idaho
counties later this evening, with a few isolated storms possible
in the Panhandle and into NW Montana as well.

By Saturday morning, the brunt of the cold front will be felt
across the remainder of the Northern Rockies, as mountain snowfall
and valley rain becomes widespread. More notably will be the
persistent gusty winds expected for all of central Idaho and
western Montana, which will begin quite early and last through
Saturday evening. Wind advisories have been issued for parts of
southwest Montana and west central Montana to account for gusts up
to 40 mph; even some brief periods of gusts to 50 mph. In
addition, Flathead Lake is in a lake wind advisory to cover gusty
winds and resultant increased wave activity, thus impacting those
with boating plans. Strong winds will die off around sunset
Saturday, with Sunday looking drier, cooler, and less windy.

The next weather system on tap for our region will arrive
Tuesday, with impacts possibly lasting through Friday. Right now,
it looks to be a cooler and wetter system, so a dreary-looking
week may be ahead of us.

&&

.AVIATION...A few cumulus buildups are possible over central Idaho
and far western Montana late this afternoon and evening ahead of a
weather disturbance moving into the region. This disturbance will
push a vigorous cold front through the area overnight and early
Saturday morning, with an abrupt shift to gusty westerly winds and
rain showers accompanying the front. Area terminals will likely see
sustained winds of 10-20 kts and gusts of 30 kts or more, with
the strongest winds at KBTM.

&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday Butte/Blackfoot
     Region...Potomac/Seeley Lake Region.

     WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday Bitterroot/Sapphire
     Mountains...Missoula/Bitterroot Valleys.

     LAKE WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday
     Flathead/Mission Valleys.

ID...&&

$$






000
FXUS65 KMSO 271554
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
954 AM MDT FRI MAR 27 2015

.UPDATE...Added several locations across western Montana to a wind
advisory for Saturday.

&&

.DISCUSSION...There is high confidence that strong, gusty winds
will occur through the day Saturday and could impact several user
groups. Those with plans to be out boating on Flathead Lake will
encounter rough waters due to gusty winds, and those with outdoor
plans across southwest and portions of west central Montana will
also see persistent strong winds, beginning as early as Saturday
morning. High profile vehicles could encounter difficult driving,
especially from Drummond to Butte along Interstate 90. Gusts of 40
to 50 mph are possible in all aforementioned locations.

&&

.AVIATION...

Fog has developed in northwest Montana including KGPI. Patchy fog
is also possible in north central Idaho and west central Montana
valleys which will last until around mid morning. High pressure
will build over Idaho and western Montana today so after fog lifts
and dissipates, conditions will be rather nice. The next weather
system will quickly move into the region late today with showers
and even thunderstorms possible in Idaho as early as this evening.
Showers and isolated thunderstorms will move into western Montana
overnight, followed by a cold front Saturday morning that will
bring gusty winds.

&&

.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 336 AM MDT FRI MAR 27 2015/

..ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT AND GUSTY WINDS AND SHOWERS
SATURDAY...

DISCUSSION...Fog and low cloud cover has developed through
portions of northwest Montana which model guidance agree will lift
and dissipate beginning mid morning. Other than some passing
clouds early today conditions look to be very nice for this time
of year. High temperatures are still anticipated to reach near
record values.

The next weather system currently just off the west coast is
still forecast to quickly move into the Pacific Northwest late
today. There is plenty of support for showers with possibly
lightning to develop late this evening in north central Idaho that
will expand into western Montana overnight. The trough and cold
front will pass during Saturday morning and will be associated with
rain and increased winds. By the afternoon, showers will decrease
and winds will increase. Most locations will have gusty winds but
along the divide and I-90 corridor have the potential to be quite
gusty with widespread gusts 30-40 mph and even stronger between
Deer Lodge and Butte. Winds are expected to decrease during the
evening as the trough continues off to the east.

A few showers will develop on Sunday otherwise temperatures are
going to be just below normal.

Monday will be another nice spring day before a moist westerly
flow pattern sets up for next week. A cold front is still expected
to pass through the region on Tuesday. Gusty winds, high chances
for precipitation, and lowering snow levels are all expected as
the front passes. Snow levels will lower enough that at least
mountain passes could see light snow accumulation. The active
weather pattern next week will keep temperatures below average and
increased chances for precipitation.

&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday Butte/Blackfoot
     Region...Potomac/Seeley Lake Region.

     WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday Bitterroot/Sapphire
     Mountains...Missoula/Bitterroot Valleys.

     LAKE WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday
     Flathead/Mission Valleys.

ID...&&

$$





000
FXUS65 KMSO 271554
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
954 AM MDT FRI MAR 27 2015

.UPDATE...Added several locations across western Montana to a wind
advisory for Saturday.

&&

.DISCUSSION...There is high confidence that strong, gusty winds
will occur through the day Saturday and could impact several user
groups. Those with plans to be out boating on Flathead Lake will
encounter rough waters due to gusty winds, and those with outdoor
plans across southwest and portions of west central Montana will
also see persistent strong winds, beginning as early as Saturday
morning. High profile vehicles could encounter difficult driving,
especially from Drummond to Butte along Interstate 90. Gusts of 40
to 50 mph are possible in all aforementioned locations.

&&

.AVIATION...

Fog has developed in northwest Montana including KGPI. Patchy fog
is also possible in north central Idaho and west central Montana
valleys which will last until around mid morning. High pressure
will build over Idaho and western Montana today so after fog lifts
and dissipates, conditions will be rather nice. The next weather
system will quickly move into the region late today with showers
and even thunderstorms possible in Idaho as early as this evening.
Showers and isolated thunderstorms will move into western Montana
overnight, followed by a cold front Saturday morning that will
bring gusty winds.

&&

.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 336 AM MDT FRI MAR 27 2015/

..ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT AND GUSTY WINDS AND SHOWERS
SATURDAY...

DISCUSSION...Fog and low cloud cover has developed through
portions of northwest Montana which model guidance agree will lift
and dissipate beginning mid morning. Other than some passing
clouds early today conditions look to be very nice for this time
of year. High temperatures are still anticipated to reach near
record values.

The next weather system currently just off the west coast is
still forecast to quickly move into the Pacific Northwest late
today. There is plenty of support for showers with possibly
lightning to develop late this evening in north central Idaho that
will expand into western Montana overnight. The trough and cold
front will pass during Saturday morning and will be associated with
rain and increased winds. By the afternoon, showers will decrease
and winds will increase. Most locations will have gusty winds but
along the divide and I-90 corridor have the potential to be quite
gusty with widespread gusts 30-40 mph and even stronger between
Deer Lodge and Butte. Winds are expected to decrease during the
evening as the trough continues off to the east.

A few showers will develop on Sunday otherwise temperatures are
going to be just below normal.

Monday will be another nice spring day before a moist westerly
flow pattern sets up for next week. A cold front is still expected
to pass through the region on Tuesday. Gusty winds, high chances
for precipitation, and lowering snow levels are all expected as
the front passes. Snow levels will lower enough that at least
mountain passes could see light snow accumulation. The active
weather pattern next week will keep temperatures below average and
increased chances for precipitation.

&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday Butte/Blackfoot
     Region...Potomac/Seeley Lake Region.

     WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday Bitterroot/Sapphire
     Mountains...Missoula/Bitterroot Valleys.

     LAKE WIND ADVISORY from 9 AM to 9 PM MDT Saturday
     Flathead/Mission Valleys.

ID...&&

$$






000
FXUS65 KMSO 270936
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
336 AM MDT FRI MAR 27 2015

...ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT AND GUSTY WINDS AND SHOWERS
SATURDAY...

.DISCUSSION...Fog and low cloud cover has developed through
portions of northwest Montana which model guidance agree will lift
and dissipate beginning mid morning. Other than some passing
clouds early today conditions look to be very nice for this time
of year. High temperatures are still anticipated to reach near
record values.

The next weather system currently just off the west coast is
still forecast to quickly move into the Pacific Northwest late
today. There is plenty of support for showers with possibly
lightning to develop late this evening in north central Idaho that
will expand into western Montana overnight. The trough and cold
front will pass during Saturday morning and will be associated with
rain and increased winds. By the afternoon, showers will decrease
and winds will increase. Most locations will have gusty winds but
along the divide and I-90 corridor have the potential to be quite
gusty with widespread gusts 30-40 mph and even stronger between
Deer Lodge and Butte. Winds are expected to decrease during the
evening as the trough continues off to the east.

A few showers will develop on Sunday otherwise temperatures are
going to be just below normal.

Monday will be another nice spring day before a moist westerly
flow pattern sets up for next week. A cold front is still expected
to pass through the region on Tuesday. Gusty winds, high chances
for precipitation, and lowering snow levels are all expected as
the front passes. Snow levels will lower enough that at least
mountain passes could see light snow accumulation. The active
weather pattern next week will keep temperatures below average and
increased chances for precipitation.


&&

.AVIATION...

Fog has developed in northwest Montana including KGPI. Patchy fog
is also possible in north central Idaho and west central Montana
valleys which will last until around mid morning. High pressure
will build over Idaho and western Montana today so after fog lifts
and dissipates, conditions will be rather nice. The next weather
system will quickly move into the region late today with showers
and even thunderstorms possible in Idaho as early as this evening.
Showers and isolated thunderstorms will move into western Montana
overnight, followed by a cold front Saturday morning that will
bring gusty winds.



&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...None.
ID...None.
&&

$$





000
FXUS65 KMSO 270936
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
336 AM MDT FRI MAR 27 2015

...ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT AND GUSTY WINDS AND SHOWERS
SATURDAY...

.DISCUSSION...Fog and low cloud cover has developed through
portions of northwest Montana which model guidance agree will lift
and dissipate beginning mid morning. Other than some passing
clouds early today conditions look to be very nice for this time
of year. High temperatures are still anticipated to reach near
record values.

The next weather system currently just off the west coast is
still forecast to quickly move into the Pacific Northwest late
today. There is plenty of support for showers with possibly
lightning to develop late this evening in north central Idaho that
will expand into western Montana overnight. The trough and cold
front will pass during Saturday morning and will be associated with
rain and increased winds. By the afternoon, showers will decrease
and winds will increase. Most locations will have gusty winds but
along the divide and I-90 corridor have the potential to be quite
gusty with widespread gusts 30-40 mph and even stronger between
Deer Lodge and Butte. Winds are expected to decrease during the
evening as the trough continues off to the east.

A few showers will develop on Sunday otherwise temperatures are
going to be just below normal.

Monday will be another nice spring day before a moist westerly
flow pattern sets up for next week. A cold front is still expected
to pass through the region on Tuesday. Gusty winds, high chances
for precipitation, and lowering snow levels are all expected as
the front passes. Snow levels will lower enough that at least
mountain passes could see light snow accumulation. The active
weather pattern next week will keep temperatures below average and
increased chances for precipitation.


&&

.AVIATION...

Fog has developed in northwest Montana including KGPI. Patchy fog
is also possible in north central Idaho and west central Montana
valleys which will last until around mid morning. High pressure
will build over Idaho and western Montana today so after fog lifts
and dissipates, conditions will be rather nice. The next weather
system will quickly move into the region late today with showers
and even thunderstorms possible in Idaho as early as this evening.
Showers and isolated thunderstorms will move into western Montana
overnight, followed by a cold front Saturday morning that will
bring gusty winds.



&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...None.
ID...None.
&&

$$






000
FXUS65 KMSO 262051
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
251 PM MDT THU MAR 26 2015

...QUICK ROUND OF STORMY WEATHER SATURDAY MORNING...WITH A LONGER
PERIOD OF WET AND COOL WEATHER NEXT WEEK...

.DISCUSSION...

Showers will continue to dissipate across western Montana this
afternoon and evening as a ridge of high pressure builds over the
Western US. Clearing skies tonight could allow for a few areas of
patchy fog to form in a some central Idaho and western Montana
valleys.

Tomorrow looks to be quite warm as the ridge axis moves overhead,
with some locations possibly seeing their highest readings yet
this year. Missoula, for example, might see its first 70 degree
day of 2015 (50/50 chance according to an ensemble of forecast
models). A few showers or thunderstorms could pop up late in the
day over central Idaho as some ascent and moisture aloft move in
ahead of a deep trough pushing onshore into the Pacific Northwest.

This trough and associated surface cold front will sweep across
central Idaho and western Montana Friday night into Saturday
morning, bringing showers and a few thunderstorms, breezy winds,
and lowering snow levels. Those with outdoor plans should be
prepared for a big change from Friday`s weather. Some of the
higher passes such as Lolo and Lost Trail could see snowflakes by
Saturday afternoon, although accumulating snow is not expected
(although area ski resorts could pick up a few inches).

Sunday and Monday will be a fairly quiet day of weather as a brief
ridge of high pressure builds. Temperatures will be above normal
for this time of year with highs in the 60s on Monday. This ridge
will be short lived as wet spring weather returns on Tuesday.

Tuesday through Friday...
Moist westerly flow will keep the weather pattern active
throughout next week. A cold front is expected to pass through the
region on Tuesday and with it will be gusty winds and scattered
showers. As the front passes, snow levels will lower and mountain
passes could see light snow accumulation. Behind the cold front on
Tuesday, several more disturbances will keep the weather cool and
showery through rest of the week.


&&

.AVIATION...

Area terminals will see improved flying conditions today, with locations
along the Continental Divide being the last to see improvements
with a few showers and obscured terrain into this evening. Patchy
fog is possible at KGPI late tonight into Thursday morning, with
an outside chance at KMSO. Clear skies and great flying conditions
are on tap for Friday.


&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...None.
ID...None.
&&

$$





000
FXUS65 KMSO 262051
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
251 PM MDT THU MAR 26 2015

...QUICK ROUND OF STORMY WEATHER SATURDAY MORNING...WITH A LONGER
PERIOD OF WET AND COOL WEATHER NEXT WEEK...

.DISCUSSION...

Showers will continue to dissipate across western Montana this
afternoon and evening as a ridge of high pressure builds over the
Western US. Clearing skies tonight could allow for a few areas of
patchy fog to form in a some central Idaho and western Montana
valleys.

Tomorrow looks to be quite warm as the ridge axis moves overhead,
with some locations possibly seeing their highest readings yet
this year. Missoula, for example, might see its first 70 degree
day of 2015 (50/50 chance according to an ensemble of forecast
models). A few showers or thunderstorms could pop up late in the
day over central Idaho as some ascent and moisture aloft move in
ahead of a deep trough pushing onshore into the Pacific Northwest.

This trough and associated surface cold front will sweep across
central Idaho and western Montana Friday night into Saturday
morning, bringing showers and a few thunderstorms, breezy winds,
and lowering snow levels. Those with outdoor plans should be
prepared for a big change from Friday`s weather. Some of the
higher passes such as Lolo and Lost Trail could see snowflakes by
Saturday afternoon, although accumulating snow is not expected
(although area ski resorts could pick up a few inches).

Sunday and Monday will be a fairly quiet day of weather as a brief
ridge of high pressure builds. Temperatures will be above normal
for this time of year with highs in the 60s on Monday. This ridge
will be short lived as wet spring weather returns on Tuesday.

Tuesday through Friday...
Moist westerly flow will keep the weather pattern active
throughout next week. A cold front is expected to pass through the
region on Tuesday and with it will be gusty winds and scattered
showers. As the front passes, snow levels will lower and mountain
passes could see light snow accumulation. Behind the cold front on
Tuesday, several more disturbances will keep the weather cool and
showery through rest of the week.


&&

.AVIATION...

Area terminals will see improved flying conditions today, with locations
along the Continental Divide being the last to see improvements
with a few showers and obscured terrain into this evening. Patchy
fog is possible at KGPI late tonight into Thursday morning, with
an outside chance at KMSO. Clear skies and great flying conditions
are on tap for Friday.


&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...None.
ID...None.
&&

$$






000
FXUS65 KMSO 260922
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
322 AM MDT THU MAR 26 2015

.DISCUSSION...Light rain and lowered cloud cover remain in the
region as moisture continues to stream into Idaho and western
Montana. Precipitation will decrease in Idaho this morning but
rain will linger in western Montana especially in the Glacier
Region into this afternoon.

Friday may be one of the nicest days for a little while with high
pressure overhead and high temperatures near record values.

The next weather system is on track to move into Idaho late
Friday and into western Montana Saturday morning. A fairly strong
cold front and vigorous trough will lead to the potential for
isolated lightning strikes Friday night and Saturday morning along
with rain and the potential for gusty winds. There is still some
question as to the strength of winds Saturday morning but the post
frontal environment Saturday afternoon is very favorable for gusty
winds especially along the Continental Divide. Model guidance also
have precipitation tapering off quickly Saturday afternoon.

Sunday and Monday appear unremarkable with fairly normal
conditions for this time of year, but another trough has been
consistently forecasted for Tuesday. The cold front associated
with the trough on Tuesday will lower snow levels with mountain
snow and possible accumulations on area passes during Tuesday.

Precipitation will remain in the rest of the extended forecast
with a more active weather pattern over the Pacific Northwest next
week.


&&

.AVIATION...

Recent radar trends show another wave of precipitation in eastern
Washington that will move into north central Idaho and western
Montana through this morning. Lowered ceilings, obscured terrain,
and slight visibility reductions can be expected through mid
morning before high pressure takes a stronger hold of the region.
Improvements will be first seen in north central Idaho this
morning, and cloud cover will begin to break up through the
afternoon in western Montana. Locations along the divide will be
the last to see improvements with obscured terrain likely for
most of the day.


&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...None.
ID...None.
&&

$$





000
FXUS65 KMSO 260922
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
322 AM MDT THU MAR 26 2015

.DISCUSSION...Light rain and lowered cloud cover remain in the
region as moisture continues to stream into Idaho and western
Montana. Precipitation will decrease in Idaho this morning but
rain will linger in western Montana especially in the Glacier
Region into this afternoon.

Friday may be one of the nicest days for a little while with high
pressure overhead and high temperatures near record values.

The next weather system is on track to move into Idaho late
Friday and into western Montana Saturday morning. A fairly strong
cold front and vigorous trough will lead to the potential for
isolated lightning strikes Friday night and Saturday morning along
with rain and the potential for gusty winds. There is still some
question as to the strength of winds Saturday morning but the post
frontal environment Saturday afternoon is very favorable for gusty
winds especially along the Continental Divide. Model guidance also
have precipitation tapering off quickly Saturday afternoon.

Sunday and Monday appear unremarkable with fairly normal
conditions for this time of year, but another trough has been
consistently forecasted for Tuesday. The cold front associated
with the trough on Tuesday will lower snow levels with mountain
snow and possible accumulations on area passes during Tuesday.

Precipitation will remain in the rest of the extended forecast
with a more active weather pattern over the Pacific Northwest next
week.


&&

.AVIATION...

Recent radar trends show another wave of precipitation in eastern
Washington that will move into north central Idaho and western
Montana through this morning. Lowered ceilings, obscured terrain,
and slight visibility reductions can be expected through mid
morning before high pressure takes a stronger hold of the region.
Improvements will be first seen in north central Idaho this
morning, and cloud cover will begin to break up through the
afternoon in western Montana. Locations along the divide will be
the last to see improvements with obscured terrain likely for
most of the day.


&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...None.
ID...None.
&&

$$






000
FXUS65 KMSO 260922
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
322 AM MDT THU MAR 26 2015

.DISCUSSION...Light rain and lowered cloud cover remain in the
region as moisture continues to stream into Idaho and western
Montana. Precipitation will decrease in Idaho this morning but
rain will linger in western Montana especially in the Glacier
Region into this afternoon.

Friday may be one of the nicest days for a little while with high
pressure overhead and high temperatures near record values.

The next weather system is on track to move into Idaho late
Friday and into western Montana Saturday morning. A fairly strong
cold front and vigorous trough will lead to the potential for
isolated lightning strikes Friday night and Saturday morning along
with rain and the potential for gusty winds. There is still some
question as to the strength of winds Saturday morning but the post
frontal environment Saturday afternoon is very favorable for gusty
winds especially along the Continental Divide. Model guidance also
have precipitation tapering off quickly Saturday afternoon.

Sunday and Monday appear unremarkable with fairly normal
conditions for this time of year, but another trough has been
consistently forecasted for Tuesday. The cold front associated
with the trough on Tuesday will lower snow levels with mountain
snow and possible accumulations on area passes during Tuesday.

Precipitation will remain in the rest of the extended forecast
with a more active weather pattern over the Pacific Northwest next
week.


&&

.AVIATION...

Recent radar trends show another wave of precipitation in eastern
Washington that will move into north central Idaho and western
Montana through this morning. Lowered ceilings, obscured terrain,
and slight visibility reductions can be expected through mid
morning before high pressure takes a stronger hold of the region.
Improvements will be first seen in north central Idaho this
morning, and cloud cover will begin to break up through the
afternoon in western Montana. Locations along the divide will be
the last to see improvements with obscured terrain likely for
most of the day.


&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...None.
ID...None.
&&

$$





000
FXUS65 KMSO 260922
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
322 AM MDT THU MAR 26 2015

.DISCUSSION...Light rain and lowered cloud cover remain in the
region as moisture continues to stream into Idaho and western
Montana. Precipitation will decrease in Idaho this morning but
rain will linger in western Montana especially in the Glacier
Region into this afternoon.

Friday may be one of the nicest days for a little while with high
pressure overhead and high temperatures near record values.

The next weather system is on track to move into Idaho late
Friday and into western Montana Saturday morning. A fairly strong
cold front and vigorous trough will lead to the potential for
isolated lightning strikes Friday night and Saturday morning along
with rain and the potential for gusty winds. There is still some
question as to the strength of winds Saturday morning but the post
frontal environment Saturday afternoon is very favorable for gusty
winds especially along the Continental Divide. Model guidance also
have precipitation tapering off quickly Saturday afternoon.

Sunday and Monday appear unremarkable with fairly normal
conditions for this time of year, but another trough has been
consistently forecasted for Tuesday. The cold front associated
with the trough on Tuesday will lower snow levels with mountain
snow and possible accumulations on area passes during Tuesday.

Precipitation will remain in the rest of the extended forecast
with a more active weather pattern over the Pacific Northwest next
week.


&&

.AVIATION...

Recent radar trends show another wave of precipitation in eastern
Washington that will move into north central Idaho and western
Montana through this morning. Lowered ceilings, obscured terrain,
and slight visibility reductions can be expected through mid
morning before high pressure takes a stronger hold of the region.
Improvements will be first seen in north central Idaho this
morning, and cloud cover will begin to break up through the
afternoon in western Montana. Locations along the divide will be
the last to see improvements with obscured terrain likely for
most of the day.


&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...None.
ID...None.
&&

$$






000
FXUS65 KMSO 252125
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
324 PM MDT WED MAR 25 2015

.DISCUSSION...

Another round of light showers is expected this afternoon and
overnight across central Idaho and western Montana as a weak
disturbance and warm front move into the area. Snow levels are
expected to rise from west to east as warmer air moves in. A brief
dusting of snow is possible at a few area passes (Lookout and
Lolo in particular), but impacts to travel should be limited as
snow mixes with or changes to rain for though locations. Lost
Trail and Marias passes have a better chance of seeing an inch or
two overnight. Road surfaces should not see much accumulation
given that local road surface models show temperatures at or above
freezing through the period.

Some lingering light showers Thursday morning will give way to
warmer and drier conditions as high pressure builds into the
region. Temperatures will become even warmer for Friday,
potentially reaching near-record for some locations as the ridge
axis moves over Idaho and western Montana.

By late Friday, a cooler, quick-moving weather system will
move through the region and bring widespread rain showers Friday
night into mid-day Saturday. This system will have relatively high
snow levels, leaving most of the mountain passes with a rain/snow
mix or mainly rain showers. This disturbance will also bring with
it breezy winds, especially for Saturday morning, which could
cause some impact to outdoor recreationalists and drivers. Warmer
and drier weather is expected to return late Saturday through the
rest of the weekend.

Temperatures continue to warm into Monday under the building
ridge, leading to a pleasant start to the work week. On Tuesday,
models show the pattern changing as a tough moves in from the
west. More unsettled weather with widespread windy conditions and
precipitation looks likely at this time. Snow levels drop with
this system, but exact elevations of the rain/snow transition
remain unclear. Stay tuned for updates as models continue to come
into better agreement.

&&

.AVIATION...

Vicinity showers will continue into the evening and overnight,
but little if any measureable precipitation is expected at area
terminals. Winds up to 15 mph are possible at all terminals into
the evening, then becoming light overnight. Showers will dissipate
by Thursday morning across the area.

&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...None.
ID...None.
&&

$$






000
FXUS65 KMSO 252125
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
324 PM MDT WED MAR 25 2015

.DISCUSSION...

Another round of light showers is expected this afternoon and
overnight across central Idaho and western Montana as a weak
disturbance and warm front move into the area. Snow levels are
expected to rise from west to east as warmer air moves in. A brief
dusting of snow is possible at a few area passes (Lookout and
Lolo in particular), but impacts to travel should be limited as
snow mixes with or changes to rain for though locations. Lost
Trail and Marias passes have a better chance of seeing an inch or
two overnight. Road surfaces should not see much accumulation
given that local road surface models show temperatures at or above
freezing through the period.

Some lingering light showers Thursday morning will give way to
warmer and drier conditions as high pressure builds into the
region. Temperatures will become even warmer for Friday,
potentially reaching near-record for some locations as the ridge
axis moves over Idaho and western Montana.

By late Friday, a cooler, quick-moving weather system will
move through the region and bring widespread rain showers Friday
night into mid-day Saturday. This system will have relatively high
snow levels, leaving most of the mountain passes with a rain/snow
mix or mainly rain showers. This disturbance will also bring with
it breezy winds, especially for Saturday morning, which could
cause some impact to outdoor recreationalists and drivers. Warmer
and drier weather is expected to return late Saturday through the
rest of the weekend.

Temperatures continue to warm into Monday under the building
ridge, leading to a pleasant start to the work week. On Tuesday,
models show the pattern changing as a tough moves in from the
west. More unsettled weather with widespread windy conditions and
precipitation looks likely at this time. Snow levels drop with
this system, but exact elevations of the rain/snow transition
remain unclear. Stay tuned for updates as models continue to come
into better agreement.

&&

.AVIATION...

Vicinity showers will continue into the evening and overnight,
but little if any measureable precipitation is expected at area
terminals. Winds up to 15 mph are possible at all terminals into
the evening, then becoming light overnight. Showers will dissipate
by Thursday morning across the area.

&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...None.
ID...None.
&&

$$





000
FXUS65 KMSO 252125
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
324 PM MDT WED MAR 25 2015

.DISCUSSION...

Another round of light showers is expected this afternoon and
overnight across central Idaho and western Montana as a weak
disturbance and warm front move into the area. Snow levels are
expected to rise from west to east as warmer air moves in. A brief
dusting of snow is possible at a few area passes (Lookout and
Lolo in particular), but impacts to travel should be limited as
snow mixes with or changes to rain for though locations. Lost
Trail and Marias passes have a better chance of seeing an inch or
two overnight. Road surfaces should not see much accumulation
given that local road surface models show temperatures at or above
freezing through the period.

Some lingering light showers Thursday morning will give way to
warmer and drier conditions as high pressure builds into the
region. Temperatures will become even warmer for Friday,
potentially reaching near-record for some locations as the ridge
axis moves over Idaho and western Montana.

By late Friday, a cooler, quick-moving weather system will
move through the region and bring widespread rain showers Friday
night into mid-day Saturday. This system will have relatively high
snow levels, leaving most of the mountain passes with a rain/snow
mix or mainly rain showers. This disturbance will also bring with
it breezy winds, especially for Saturday morning, which could
cause some impact to outdoor recreationalists and drivers. Warmer
and drier weather is expected to return late Saturday through the
rest of the weekend.

Temperatures continue to warm into Monday under the building
ridge, leading to a pleasant start to the work week. On Tuesday,
models show the pattern changing as a tough moves in from the
west. More unsettled weather with widespread windy conditions and
precipitation looks likely at this time. Snow levels drop with
this system, but exact elevations of the rain/snow transition
remain unclear. Stay tuned for updates as models continue to come
into better agreement.

&&

.AVIATION...

Vicinity showers will continue into the evening and overnight,
but little if any measureable precipitation is expected at area
terminals. Winds up to 15 mph are possible at all terminals into
the evening, then becoming light overnight. Showers will dissipate
by Thursday morning across the area.

&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...None.
ID...None.
&&

$$





000
FXUS65 KMSO 250911
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
311 AM MDT WED MAR 25 2015

.DISCUSSION...Snow showers linger in western Montana early this
morning as yesterday`s trough exits the region. Snow covered
roadways remain on many of the passes so Winter Weather Advisories
remain in effect. High resolution model guidance agree that snow
showers will come to an end during this morning so any snow on
roadways should quickly melt after sunrise.

The break between weather systems will be quite brief today as
rain associated with the next system is already spreading through
western Washington and Oregon. Precipitation will begin in Idaho
by this afternoon and in western Montana by late this evening. The
warm frontal nature of the upcoming weather system is going to
lead to rising snow levels today and tonight so any impact from
mountain snow looks to be minimal to non-existent.

High pressure will build over Idaho and western Montana Thursday
and Friday with a drying trend and warm temperatures to be the
main story for the end of the week

Model guidance have been uncertain with the strength of the next
trough for Saturday, but latest model solutions have converged on
a stronger and more wet trough. Chances for precipitation have
been increased especially for early Saturday.

Above average temperatures remain in the forecast through next
Monday but another progressive weather system is forecast to pass
on Tuesday with cooler temperatures and increased chances for rain
and snow.


&&

.AVIATION...An exiting trough has left snow showers and cloud
cover throughout north central Idaho and western Montana this
morning. High resolution model guidance show precipitation to
decrease through this morning but cloud cover will likely remain
due to northwesterly flow enhancement and cloud cover associated
with an approaching warm front. This warm front will pass today
and tonight with precipitation expected to redevelop by this
afternoon and evening. Snow levels will rise with the warm front
but obscured terrain will remain through the next 24 hours.


&&

.MSO WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY until 9 AM MDT this morning
     Butte/Blackfoot Region.

     WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY until 9 AM MDT this morning ABOVE 4000
     FEET for the Bitterroot/Sapphire Mountains.

ID...&&

$$






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