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Sunday
Sep302012

Strong winds forecast, red flag warnings posted for Flathead 

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/FXC/make_img.php?wfo=mso&iname=Active_Screen1L&size=1&force=no(MISSOULA)- A shift to more fall-like weather will give areas west of the Divide a final shot of summer-like fire danger as conditions change on Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from noon until midnight Monday for gusty winds and low humidities across the Flathead and into Glacier National Park. Westerly winds of 15 to 25-miles per hour, with some gusts up to 35 are expected to start developing in the higher elevations around mid-day Monday, peaking in the later evening hours. 

Forecasters say some of the ridge tops in the park could see winds gusting 40-to-45 miles per hour. 

The big concern is for the combination of the winds, and low humidity, which could run as low as 20% until sometime overnight, increasing the risk of fire starts. 

The warnings cover the Flathead and west side of Glacier, extending down the east side of Flathead Lake into the Mission Range, as well as the Seeley-Swan and western edge of the Bob Marshall. 

A high wind watch is posted for the Rocky Mountain Front and eastern areas of the park and the Bob. 

Gusty winds are expected through most of Western Montana as the weather pattern changes going into Tuesday, with choppy conditions on Flathead Lake, as well as McDonald and other lakes on the west side of Glacier.