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Monday
Jul252011

Incoming system bringing thunderstorms this afternoon

(MISSOULA)- Get ready for some weather rock ‘n roll over Northwest Montana this afternoon.

The National Weather Service is warning that moist, unstable air pushing ahead of an incoming weather system is likely to create some strong thunderstorms over Northwest Montana and south along the mountains of the Continental Divide this afternoon.

After a spectacular weekend of clear, hot weather, clouds have already started to push across Northern Idaho and Western Montana this morning in advance of the system.

NWS says the incoming system will produce some scattered thunderstorms with strong winds and small hail for the Lower Clark Fork Valley region, Libby and the Kootenai and the Flathead and Mission Valleys. Additional storms are possible in the Upper Blackfoot and as far south as Butte.

Central Idaho, the Bitterroot, Missoula and Bighole Valleys will see isolated thunderstorms. However, strong gusty winds are expected to push across the Lemhi Valley and the mountains of the Southern Bitterroot Range, with gusty winds up to 35-miles per hour for Dillion and the southwest corner of the state.

With rain coming in behind that initial push of air, forecasters say construction and agricultural projects should prepare for the incoming moisture.

Temperatures may still push into the 90-degree range on Monday, but cool into the 80s for the remainder of the week because of the incoming system.

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