BILLINGS- It is another Chamber of Commerce day here in Billings, with mostly sunny skies and temps in the mid 60s at 2 p.m.
The Doppler radar and satellite almost looks like they are broken with hardly any returns on the scope. Most of the weather on Wednesday looks to be kind of quiet and tranquil.
However, our thunderstorm outlook for Thursday shows a few isolated showers in Montana, with the big storms predicted for northern North Dakota.
The main weather maker seems to be a high-pressure cell over North Dakota, which is giving us a southeasterly flow of air across the state today.
Eventually that high-pressure cell will slide to the east into the midwest, and those southeasterly winds will become more southerly or fade out altogether.
This opens the door for some warmer and moist air to move in from the southwest.
This could bring a few isolated showers and a stray thunderstorm to south-central and southwestern Montana by 6 p.m. Thursday.
However, temperatures will continue to warm up into the 70s Wednesday and will back down into the 50s by later Thursday morning. We will top out at 85 degrees Thursday.
Look for upper 80s on Friday the back into the 70s and low 80s early next week.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear and mild. Northeast winds 5 to 15 miles this evening becoming westerly 5 to 10 mph overnight. Low 52 degrees.
THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. There is a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms on Thursday night. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph the morning, becoming easterly 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. High 85 degrees.
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Look for a 20 percent chance for evening showers and thunderstorms Friday night. High 89 degrees.