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Q2 Weather: A dryer and warmer weather pattern begins today

Posted at 2:37 PM, Jul 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-04 16:37:44-04
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Very much like Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday afternoon started off with high cirrus clouds moving in from the southwest.

Unlike earlier in the week, there is very little moisture to work with so we believe these high clouds will probably just stay out in the west and have little effect on Billings today.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows just a few scattered sprinkles around the western mountains associated with those high clouds.

The jet stream is tracking more northward taking any serious threat away from the rest of Montana. In fact, we expect mostly sunny skies across the state the rest of the day.

Our thunderstorm outlook for Wednesday shows only isolated showers in the Beartooth Mountains with most of the action staying in Wyoming.

The high resolution forecast model shows maybe a few thunderstorms popping up between Cody and Thermopolis around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

However, we expect that’s where most of the weather will stay and the rest of Montana can expect mostly sunny skies this afternoon and clear skies tonight.

Our fireworks forecast still shows mostly sunny skies and dry conditions at 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m., with clear skies at 10 p.m. making it a perfect night to watch fireworks.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Mostly clear and warmer. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 56 degrees.

Thursday: Sunny, dry and much warmer. East winds 5 to 10 mph. High 88 degrees.

Friday: Mostly sunny and hot. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 99 degrees.