Posted: May 13, 2013 3:28 PM by Meteorologist Mike Heard
Updated: May 13, 2013 3:35 PM
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for a small part of SW Montana through 10 p.m. tonight.
The following counties in SW Montana included in the watch are: Deer Lodge, Powell, Granite and Lewis and Clark.
Thunderstorms producing damaging winds are the primary concern through the early evening hours tonight. Some thunderstorms could produce wind gusts over 60 mph.
There is also a wind advisory for the Butte/Blackfoot region through 9 p.m. Sustained winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are likely. Areas of greatest concern will be Interstate 90 from Butte to Garrison over MacDonald Pass. These areas are in a crosswind zone so high profile vehicles are most at risk.
There will likely be areas of dust and reduced visibilities in localized areas as well.
Chief Meteorologist Mike Heard will update the forecast tonight at 5:30 p.m. on KXLF and KBZK.