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Q2 Weather: Thursday is the first day of an expanded warming trend

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BILLINGS - You can tell the weather pattern has changed across Montana.

The skies are still mostly cloudy but the temperature have zoomed up to 49 degrees at 2 p.m. in Billings

What we see in the sky Thursday is a little shortwave weather disturbance that moved into Billings Wednesday night.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows that disturbance is in the process of moving out.

Wait until you see what’s in the process of moving in. It’s a huge dome of high pressure.

The same high pressure that added to the wildfires in California is clearing out the skies in the Pacific Northwest.

It is simply a matter of time before that high pressure ridge starts to encompass all of Montana as well.

Unlike California, Montana has had some moisture in the last five years, so this dome of high pressure will just clear out the skies and warm up the temperatures without the fire.

Another surge of cold air is forecast to drop down out of Canada on Saturday morning, but it will continue to overshoot Montana and go mainly into the Great Plains.

So once temperatures warm up into the 40s and 50s this will begin an expanded warming trend, one that could last at least a week or maybe even more.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Partly cloudy windy and mild. West winds 20 to 35 mph gusting to 45 mph. Low 33 degrees.

Friday: Mostly sunny, windy and warmer. West winds 15 to 30 mph gusting to 40 mph. High 53 degrees.

Saturday: Sunny, breezy and continued warm. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph in the morning becoming westerly 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. High 51 degrees.

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