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Watch for a few rumbles through the weekend

BUTTE – SW flow continues to transport limited moisture into Montana and a few short-lived thunderstorms are possible daily through the weekend. East of the divide will have a slightly better chance for a stronger thunderstorm Thursday and Friday afternoon.

The big weather story again today is the storm system in the Gulf of Mexico. A slow moving now tropical storm called “Barry” is barely moving just off the Louisiana coast. This storm system could strengthen into a category 1 hurricane by Friday morning and will lift up into the Gulf states this weekend producing incredible rainfall between 5″ to 20″.

The above on demand STORMTracker video forecast will update you on Tropical Storm Barry and the timing of possible thunderstorms Thursday and Friday afternoon.

Here is your Montana Folk Festival forecast:

City by City Forecast:

BOZEMAN: LOW: 56°; HIGH FRIDAY: 85°. Warm. Watch for a short-lived pop-up thunderstorm Thursday afternoon and evening and again Friday afternoon and evening.

BUTTE: LOW: 50°; HIGH FRIDAY: 84°. Isolated late afternoon to early evening thunderstorms are possible for Butte through the weekend. Most storms will be brief but could produce frequent lightning, gusty winds, rain and small hail.

DILLON: LOW: 51°; HIGH FRIDAY: 85°. Thunderstorm chances are very low for Dillon through the weekend, however, a few mountain storms are likely to develop in Beaverhead County. Otherwise warm and mostly dry.

WEST YELLOWSTONE: LOW: 44°; HIGH FRIDAY: 81°. More of the same for West Yellowstone with mostly sunny mornings and clouds building by afternoon. A few isolated thunderstorms are possible each afternoon to early evening.

Mike Heard

Mike Heard

Chief Meteorologist KBZK & KXLF
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