BILLINGS - There is plenty of big sky to go around Montana today. In fact, here in Billings that’s all we have: nothing but sunshine and blue skies.
Temperatures around much of south-central Montana are already into the 60s in the early afternoon on Friday.
The winds are little gusty in Billings, blowing to 24 mph out of the Southwest.
This is the result of a pressure gradient at the surface that has set up.
A pressure gradient develops when high pressure starts pushing air into the state and a low pressure cell starts pulling that same air out of the state.
The two cells work together and create very breezy conditions in the middle.
This is what is happening in south-central Montana today and again on Saturday.
However, on Saturday wind gets a little help with the passage of a cold front later on that evening.
This cold front will take us down out of the upper 60s to low 70s on Saturday and cool us back down to the 50s for the rest of next week.
This cold front will also produce a few spotty showers on Saturday night and again on Sunday morning.
Our weekend looks comfortable but all of next week looks just a little bit cooler than normal. The average high temperature in Billings, for this time year is in the low 60s.
Tonight: Mostly clear and mild West winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 46 degrees.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, breezy and warm. There is a 20 percent chance for showers Saturday evening. West winds 15 to 25 mph gusting to 40 mph in the afternoon. High 67 degrees.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and cooler. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 52 degrees.