BILLINGS- It has turned out to be another sunny, beautiful, Friday afternoon in Billings, only this time it’s starting to get hot. Here in Billings, it’s already into the low 90s at 2 p.m.
If it looks a little smoky or hazy out on the horizon, it’s likely smoke from wildland fires.
We took the large incident fire map of the western United States then superimposed the upper level winds on top of it.
We found out the smoke from all these western fires is streaming right into Montana and probably will do so for the next several days.
The thunderstorm outlook shows a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms, although high based, in north-central Montana on Friday. Isolated showers are possible everywhere else.
The current Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows mostly sunny skies across much of Montana with a few spotty showers around Cody, Wyo.
We do have a Red Flag Warning for around glacier national Park and a Heat Advisory for northeastern Montana into this evening.
The high resolution forecast model shows mostly dry skies across much of Montana right on through the rest of the evening.
Then a new cold front will move through the state early Saturday morning and possibly produce some spotty showers around south central Montana after 6 p.m.
The meantime, temperatures will continue to cook up into the 90s and then cool down little bit on Saturday afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly clear with a 20 percent chance for early evening thunderstorms. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 66 degrees.
Saturday: Sunny and continued warm. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph the morning becoming easterly 5 to 15 in the afternoon. High 93 degrees
Sunday: Sunny and not quite as warm. North winds 5 to 10 mph the morning becoming easterly 5 to 15 in the afternoon. High 88 degrees.