The National Weather Service is warning southwest and central Montana of severe thunderstorms, potentially damaging hail and snow in higher elevations on Thursday and Friday.

From the NWS:

What to expect: One inch sized hail, lightening accompanying some of those T-storms, wind gusts 20-35 mph. 

Areas impacted: The severe storms are most like east of a line from Dillon, to Helena, to Great Falls to Harlem. 

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For snowfall, the mountains around Glacier Park, along with Central and Southwest MT are most likely to have the higher snowfall accumulations. Elevations above 5000 feet will see some snow. 

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There's also high confidence for 1 or 2 strong thunderstorms to develop later this afternoon over the southern Bitterroot Valley and track northeast towards I-90. Isolated wind damage from 60 mph or greater is possible. Severe cross-winds are possible on Highway 1 and Interstate 90 especially between 5 and 9 pm. Hail is also possible and would damage vegetation.

Duration: The best time frame for the severe storms to occur on Thursday is from 1 PM until about 9 PM. Rain and snow is the then expected to develop on Friday, with periods of rain and snow Friday night through Saturday.

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