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Sunrise 6:38AMSunset 8:31PM Monday April 19, 2021 4:00 PM MDT (22:00 UTC) Moonrise 10:30AMMoonset 2:09AM Illumination 55% Phase: First Quarter Moon; Moon at 8 days in cycle
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7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Missoula, MT
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Area Discussion for - Missoula, MT
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Missoula MT 244 PM MDT Mon Apr 19 2021

DISCUSSION. What an impressive cold front for mid-April yesterday! Snow amounts ranged from several inches along the Continental Divide including 4.5 inches just south of Butte, to a whopping 9 inches in Hamilton. Strong winds caused damage and a few power outages across portions of northwest Montana, especially between Heron and Thompson Falls. A few trees also went down between Big Mountain and Whitefish Lake and also at Lake Blaine.

Temperatures were struggling to warm much this afternoon across the region and an easterly wind gradient made it feel even cooler. Expect clearing skies tonight and temperatures will fall into the teens and 20s across western Montana and potentially down to the single digits for a few areas of southwest Montana. For those with sensitive plants in greenhouses, you may want to think about taking necessary measures to keep them warm. In Idaho, generally low temperatures in the 30s are expected for the lower elevations.

A moderating trend is expected Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs on Tuesday will continue to be below normal. With high pressure centered over eastern Montana, our area will continue to have a weak easterly wind gradient. These easterly breezes will likely be a little weaker as compared with today. Cold temperatures are again anticipated Wednesday morning thanks to the dry and cooler airmass in place.

Yet another unseasonably cold, polar airmass is expected to infiltrated the area on Thursday. The pieces that we have the highest confidence include the potential for snow along the Continental Divide and for mountain passes along the Idaho and Montana border. We also high confidence for gusty north to east winds occurring. Right now, there is risk for damaging winds, but confidence is low. Any recreation on area lakes, including Flathead Lake, could be negatively impacted by gusty winds Thursday afternoon through Friday morning. There is also another chance for snow in the valleys across western Montana Thursday night, but it is too early to tell where and how much.

There is also an isolated threat for an isolated thunderstorm or two across north-central Idaho and lesser confidence for storms over west- central Montana later Thursday.

A large-scale pattern change is possible by the weekend as the flow becomes more west to southwest. It appears unsettled with periodic Pacific systems with showers and temperatures will fluctuate near to below normal levels.


AVIATION. An easterly gradient will keep breezes going into this evening but most locations will see a decrease in winds overnight. Overall, the whole atmosphere will dry out causing mostly clear skies overnight. Shallow ground fog will be possible in a few valleys by Tuesday morning, especially those that experienced snow melt this afternoon but widespread frost seems more likely overall. Other than a few cloud buildups on the terrain, Tuesday will feature mostly clear skies with light winds.


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


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Missoula, Missoula International Airport, MT6 mi68 minN 810.00 miOvercast42°F22°F45%1029.8 hPa

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