BILLINGS – There is a shift to cooler and wetter weather, but it takes a few days.
Thursday will start quietly with temperatures mainly in the 40s and 50s early in the day. A cold front moves from west to east through the day, dragging cooler air and moisture behind it.
By late Thursday afternoon and evening, temperatures will contrast between the 70s from Billings to the west, and 80s to even some low 90s east and south of Billings through Northern Wyoming.
Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Thursday evening in Eastern Montana. But the bulk of potentially damaging weather seems focused more in North Dakota.
Generally cooler temperatures follow Friday, with increasing showers and thunderstorms later in the day. The chance of damaging winds and large hail looks low.
Plan on a cool and showery weekend with highs mainly in the 60s Saturday and Sunday.
There is a chance significant moisture left over from Tropical Storm Bud could make it as far north as Southern Montana. If this happens, there is the potential for heavy rain at times.
Wednesday night…Partly cloudy with a low near 56. Light wind.
Thursday…Partly to mostly sunny with a high of about 78. Isolated late day storms.