BILLINGS – It is a typical summer day in Billings with hazy, smoky skies and temps in the low 80s in the early afternoon.
The thunderstorm outlook for today does show a few isolated showers developing across southern Montana with a marginal risk of severe storms in north-central and northeastern Wyoming.
The Doppler radar shows you some thunderstorms already starting to pop in the Bighorn Mountains and another line of showers by Newcastle, Wyo., moving into South Dakota.
We continue to see the monsoon moisture make its way up from the Gulf of Mexico into the four corner states.
The jet stream is now starting to push that line of showers over into the Dakotas and eventually into the Great Lakes.
That means it just got quiet across the Pacific Northwest, including almost all of Montana.
The high resolution forecast model shows a few thunderstorms trying to develop over the little belt and crazy mountains to the northwest of Billings.
Those showers will fade away before they make it to Billings, but we could see some storms developing Carter County in the southeast corner of the state at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
On Friday, we are expecting mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures across Montana and northern Wyoming.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear and warm. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 61 degrees.
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and getting warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 93 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and continued warm. West winds 5 to 10 mph the morning becoming northeasterly 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon. High 91 degrees.