BILLINGS- The cloudy skies and light rain moving into the Billings area means that the change of seasons is finally complete. Welcome to fall.
A new cold front moving in from the Northeast is in the process of pushing through south-central Montana, including Billings, in the early afternoon.
Along with this new cold front, we see more rain showers tracking from northwest to the southeast, from Great Falls all the way down to Broadus.
The leading edge of that rainfall activity is where our cold front is right now, and it is forecast to drop farther south into north-central Wyoming and south-central Montana Thursday evening.
As temperatures get colder and the rain rides higher up in elevation, it will start changing to snow.
In fact, the National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory for the Beartooth and Bighorn Mountains for accumulating snow.
Accumulations of 1 to 2 inches of snow could fall on Beartooth Pass and 3 to 5 inches of snow are possible in the Bighorn Mountains with local amounts up to 7 inches.
Here in the Billings area, we could see a little rain mixing with snow and not accumulating after 2 a.m.
By Friday afternoon, the rain and snow will have stopped and only the cool air will remain.
We look for temperatures tonight to cool all the way back down to the mid-30s.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with an 80 percent chance of rain and snow overnight with little or no accumulation. Northeast winds 5 to 15 miles. Low 36 degrees.
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for snow showers in the morning then a 20 percent chance for rain later in the morning. East winds 5 to 15 mph. High 50 degrees.
SATURDAY: Partly sunny cool and dry. North winds 5 to 10 mph. High 55 degrees.