BILLINGS- Cloudy skies are starting roll into the Billings area in the early afternoon on Wednesday, but they are having little effect on the temperature.
The early afternoon temperatures are already warming into the upper 60s and could go higher before the day is done, even though we do have mostly cloudy skies.
The thunderstorm outlook for Wednesday shows a few isolated showers in northwestern Montana, beginning from the southwest corner of the state tracking northeast up into the northeast corner.
Some of the showers could come close to the Billings area later this afternoon.
The Doppler radar and satellite imagery with the jet stream laid on top shows the showers continue to develop in the southwest corner of the state and track toward Havre and Glasgow.
So far, those showers out West will continue to track to the north and west of Billings because they too will get caught up in the jet stream.
The high-resolution Forecast model shows that by 6 p.m. Wednesday converging winds from the southwest and the northeast will crash into each other causing extra lift in the air.
Those winds will grab any developing thunderstorms from Bozeman to Lewistown and increase them significantly, but still track them around the Billings area.
A new cold front moves down from Canada by Thursday night and it could bring Billings spotty rain showers after 6 p.m.
Temperatures will continue to stay more fall-like through the rest of this week and cool down to the 60s the beginning part of next week.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy and continued mild. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 50 degrees.
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy and continued mild. East winds 5 to 10 mph. High 73 degrees.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny and continued mild. North wind 5 to 15 mph. High 72 degrees.