BILLINGS – The cloudy skies are starting to role in the Billings, but the temps are hanging in there. At 2 p.m. the temperatures were already into the 60s, and the winds were in the 20 mph range.
Due to the warmer temperatures, snow is still melting in the mountains and up along the Hi-Line, which is causing more flooding in both areas.
The Milk River at Dodson is over 4 feet out of its banks and continues to flood numerous roads in small streams in that area.
We do see a new cold front moving through the state today. It is an Alberta clipper-type front which will move in fairly quickly, and it’s actually coming from Alberta.
The computer models show that the cloudy skies along with this cold front will make their way into the Billings area about 5:30 p.m.
Most of the heavier rain will remain to the north along the Hi-Line with just a few light showers in Musselshell County.
This whole cold front is forecast to drop into Wyoming and the rest of the central plains by Wednesday night.
Sunny skies should return to Billings and the surrounding area by Thursday afternoon.
Our temperatures are forecast to continue to climb into the mid-to upper 60s Wednesday and roll back down into the 30s by Thursday morning. We could see 70s by Friday.
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and early evening thunderstorms. North winds 15 to 25 mph becoming westerly 5 to 15 overnight. Low 37 degrees.
Thursday: Sunny and continued warm. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 66 degrees
Friday: Mostly sunny and warmer still. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph the morning becoming easterly 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon. High 76 degrees.