There is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of central Montana effective this Wednesday afternoon and evening from 230 PM until 1000 PM MDT.

Besides Gallatin County, other areas affected are:   IN CENTRAL MONTANA: CASCADE FERGUS JUDITH BASIN MEAGHER

IN NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA:  BLAINE CHOUTEAU HILL LIBERTY

IN SOUTHWEST MONTANA: BROADWATER GALLATIN JEFFERSON LEWIS AND CLARK MADISON

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF... BIG SANDY... BOULDER... BOZEMAN... CHESTER... CHINOOK... CLANCY... ENNIS... FORT BENTON... GREAT FALLS... HARLEM... HAVRE... HAYS... HELENA... HOBSON... LEWISTOWN... LINCOLN... MONTANA CITY... SHERIDAN... STANFORD... TOWNSEND... TWIN BRIDGES... WEST YELLOWSTONE... WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS AND WHITEHALL.

Primary threats include: several large hail events with a few very large hail events to 2inches in diameter possible

Damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible.

People in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes.