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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.


Kalispell woman dies in I-15 crash

A 65-year old Kalispell woman is dead after her car rolled several times on Interstate 15 near Dillon.

Montana Highway Patrol says the woman was driving too fast when she lost control, over-corrected and the Subaru rolled several times.

Her identity isn't being released yet.

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Toddler declared brain dead in Great Falls assault case

Tragic news from Great Falls Sunday evening. KRTV is reporting that the little 15-month old boy who was sent to the hospital after being abused Friday is now "brain dead."

The man who was arrested on charges of deliberate homicide is expected to appear in court Monday.

Latest on the story from KRTV


Few details still in fatal Glacier bike crash

Glacier National Park still hasn't released complete details in the crash that killed a motorcycle rider last Saturday afternoon on the Going-to-the-Sun highway.

The rider was killed along the busy stretch of road a few miles east of Lake McDonald.

KPAX-TV has been tracking the story.