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Q2 Weather: It looks like the Billings forecast is stuck on nice.

Posted at 2:28 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 16:28:15-04

BILLINGS – Those sunny skies have already driven our temperatures up to the upper 60s looking for 70s this Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile in Missoula, the sun is out but the water still is high on the rivers but has receded.

The Clark Fork River at Missoula is at 9.5 feet deep and flood stage is 10 feet.

Even though the river level is below flood stage, the flood warning remains, because more flooding is imminent this weekend with warmer temps and more melting snow.

The same thing is true at Lewis and Clark County and Meagher County. More snow melt is expected to push small streams and creeks out of their banks this weekend.

Meanwhile, up in Glasgow, the Milk River remains almost 5 feet out of its banks and the flood warning continues until further notice.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows one little cold front moving into North Dakota and taking all of the spotty rain showers with it out of Montana.

Even the computer model shows mostly sunny skies for the rest of Thursday and Friday.

However, a change in the wind direction out of the west could blow a little more moisture into the state.

That, with some warmer temperatures, could cause some splash and dash showers to develop late in the day on Friday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Mostly clear and continued mild. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 46 degrees.

Friday: Mostly sunny and getting warmer. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 78 degrees.

Saturday: Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance for morning rain then a chance for more showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 75 degrees.