Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:58 PM by Meteorologist Mike Heard
Finally a warming trend has arrived. Today's temperatures are running 5 to 10 degrees warmer than yesterday and by Friday most of SW Montana will reach the 60's and a few lower 70's for daytime highs.
High pressure will dominate the short term weather pattern so warming and drying will continue through Friday. A zonal flow aloft is also developing and is the key reason for the warm up, however, strong winds aloft will reach the surface during the afternoon hours and gusty winds will develop.
Westerly winds will increase Thursday afternoon into Friday and possibly into Saturday in our region. Right now the forecast calls for westerly winds 10 to 20 with gusts to 30 mph Thursday and Friday and could extend into Saturday. So for those of you planning on burning over the next couple of days the early morning hours look best and you should be done before the afternoon winds develop.
Looking into the weekend our ridge pattern weakens and a trough digs down into southern Canada. This will bring increasing cloud cover, limited moisture, gusty winds and slightly cooler temperatures by Sunday through Tuesday.
I'll have the latest forecast tonight at 5:30pm and 10pm on KXLF and KBZK.