BILLINGS – We start a new week with a little break from all the rain here in Billings. However, you can see how green the trees and grass are as a direct result of very wet spring.
The temperature on early Monday afternoon has already risen to 81 degrees. The sunny skies seem to be common all the way across the rest of the state.
However, the thunderstorm outlook for Monday shows a marginal risk of severe thunderstorms from southwest Montana all the way up through north-central Montana.
In the meantime, the only thing left on the threat board is flooding problems left over from last week.
The Musselshell River at Shawmut remains above flood stage but is forecast to go below Tuesday, and the Missouri River at Landusky remains in minor flooding at this time.
The current Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows just a few scattered high clouds across the northwest corner the state.
However, a new cold front is forecast to move in from that direction and we believe by 6 p.m. Monday we will see showers and thunderstorms a company that cold front.
According to a high resolution computer model forecast, most of the showers will remain to the north of Billings and go around us.
Our temperatures will warm into the mid-80s for the afternoon and then roll back down to the low 60s in the morning and back to the low 70s on Tuesday afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly clear with only a 20 percent chance for isolated showers after 3 a.m. South winds 5 to 15 mph this evening becoming westerly overnight. Low 60 degrees.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance for morning showers. North winds 5 to 10 mph. High 78 degrees.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and warmer. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 83 degrees.