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Oppressive Heat Continues; Severe Storms and Heavy Rain

An oppressive and dangerous heat wave continues across a large section of the U.S. with hazy, hot and humid conditions. Widespread excessive heat warnings and heat advisories stretch from the central and southern Plains to the Southeast. Severe thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected in multiple spots, in Montana, parts of the Midwest and from the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys into the Carolinas. Read More >

Strong to severe thunderstorms are looking possible (5 to 15 percent chance) this afternoon and evening across much of north central Idaho and western Montana. Any storms that do develop will have the potential of producing very heavy downpours, lightning, hail and damaging winds. A few actions you can take to prepare for storms include: preventing property damage by parking away from trees, staying away from windows once you are indoors, preparing for power outages, setting up a way to receive weather warnings on your phone, and if you are heading into the backcountry, pack a safety kit and/or weather radio. If you have outdoor plans on today, we recommend keeping an eye on the forecast.
Thunderstorms are again expected across western Montana and north central Idaho Friday afternoon and evening. Storms during this timeframe have the potential to produce brief heavy rain that could lead to nuisance type flooding, lightning, gusty winds over 50 mph and hail. There is a roughly 5-15% chance of a storm becoming severe across southwest/west-central Montana and parts of Idaho/Lemhi counties.