BILLINGS – The weekend weather forecast: wet and cool.
Friday afternoon has already included small hail and wind through Northern Wyoming, with more potential for somewhat stronger storms through the evening.
But the overall outlook is less about damaging winds and hail with strong or severe storms. This weekend is more about rain, heavy in some areas, and cooler-than-average temperatures everywhere.
The combination of moisture moving up from the Southwest U.S. and a low-moving storm system from the Pacific Northwest will bring waves of showers and a few isolated thunderstorms.
Rain could be heavy at times, with reports of 1 to 2 inches by the end of the weekend possible. The best chances for heavier rain are Saturday and Monday.
Rises in stream and river levels are possible, and some lowland flooding. This combination of weather systems will bring mainly rain, but the Beartooth Pass could pick up an inch or two of snow, with localized totals as high as 4 inches.
Temperatures will be mainly in the 60s for the highs and 40 to mid 50s for the lows through early next week.
Friday night…Evening showers and a chance of a thunderstorm. Then showers overnight. Low near 52.
Saturday…Showers with isolated thunderstorms. High of about 64. Chance of rain decreases through the late afternoon and evening.