BILLINGS — It was a little bit of light rain that moved into the Billings area early Friday afternoon. It was barely enough rain for the raindrops to come together on the city streets.
However, it was more than welcome for the firefighters fighting the Mountain View fire near Molt. Along with the rain, the temperature remains cool. It was 64 degrees in the early afternoon.
Around the rest of the state, temps were mostly in the 70s out west, 60s back in the east with some low 70s across the Hi-Line from Glasgow to Williston, N.D. in the early afternoon.
The thunderstorm outlook for Friday shows isolated thundershowers possible across almost all of Montana, except for the northeast corner. There is also a marginal risk for severe storms in northeastern Wyoming later Friday, as well.
The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows a zonal flow of air that starts in the west and streams to the east. Caught up in that flow is a minor weather disturbance with light rain that moved through Billings.
For now, it looks like there's not much else coming our way for Friday evening. The high-resolution forecast model bears that out. In fact, it shows generally dry skies for the rest of the afternoon right into Saturday and Sunday.
Our forecast shows the temperatures will continue to stay into the 70s. For the rest of the day, and then roll back down to the 50s in the morning and up to 82 degrees Saturday afternoon.
We will actually top out at 87 degrees on Saturday and into the 90s on Sunday and Monday down to 79 on Tuesday and back to the low to mid 80s on Wednesday and Thursday of next week.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear, dry and mild. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph the evening shifting to the Northwest 5 to 10 mph overnight. Low 56 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and getting warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph the morning shifting to the North in the afternoon. High 87 degrees.
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and getting hot. West winds 5 to 10 mph the morning shifting to the Southeast in the afternoon. High 92 degrees.