Cool and unsettled weather pattern for the 4th

Posted at 1:27 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 15:29:35-04

BOZEMAN – A cool and unsettled weather pattern is sitting over the entire state Wednesday. Scattered showers and scattered thunderstorms along with below normal temperatures both west and east of the divide. This pattern should settle down after sunset but will quickly re-develop again by late morning Thursday into Thursday evening.

Morning 4th of July activities look good Thursday but backyard BBQ’s will be cool and wet by Thursday afternoon.


Forecast models are predicting most showers and thunderstorms will drop off by early evening and with skies clearing after sunset the weather should cooperate for Butte’s big fireworks show. The only weather factor will be wind. The wind forecast around 10 pm tonight is NW winds 5 to 15 mph. If there are any thunderstorms nearby the wind gusts could be stronger.


Forecast models are showing a brief break in the weather pattern Thursday morning. However, clouds will be quickly building along with showers and thunderstorms starting around 11 am and continuing off and on throughout the afternoon and evening tomorrow.

This type of weather will develop for other 4th of July parades around SW Montana as well, for example in Ennis.

City by City Forecast:

BOZEMAN: LOW: 47°; HIGH THURSDAY: 69°. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue into the early evening hours Wednesday. Thursday will start off sunny but clouds, showers, and thunderstorms will develop by late morning through late afternoon tomorrow.

BUTTE: LOW: 42°; HIGH THURSDAY: 69°. Showers and thunderstorms will diminish by early evening and skies should be clearing by 10:30 pm so the forecast is looking promising tonight. Thursday morning will be sunny this morning but will quickly turn cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms by early afternoon.

DILLON: LOW: 46°; HIGH THURSDAY: 68°. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be ending by early evening for Dillon but look for more showers and thunderstorms to return by Thursday afternoon.

WEST YELLOWSTONE: LOW: 38°; HIGH THURSDAY: 68°. A few showers and thunderstorms are possible through sunset tonight with partial clearing overnight. Thursday clouds will be building by late morning and scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely throughout the day.