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Q2 Weather: Billings’ perfect weather gets a blemish on Friday

Posted at 2:33 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 16:33:53-04

BILLINGS- It is another sunny day in Billings, and south-central Montana. In the early afternoon our temps are already in the upper 60s, looking for 70 degrees.

Elsewhere around the state, most temperatures remain in the 60s. In Eastern Montana, except for Cut Bank, they’rere already up to 70 degrees.

It is a little cooler in Western Montana today because they started out much cooler than the east, with overnight lows mostly in the 20s. Don’t worry though; they’ll catch up later today.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery still shows mostly sunny skies across 95 percent of Montana. We are starting to see a few high clouds roll into the northwest corner the state.

The big ridge of high pressure that has been over us the last few days is finally starting to flatten out and allow cooler air to move into the region.

However, a new ridge of high pressure is building in the Pacific Northwest, and that is forecast to move into Montana over the weekend.

In the meantime, we will enjoy mostly sunny skies and temperatures getting into the 70s on Thursday.

However, by Friday, a new cold front will drop down from Canada and bring cloudy skies across the Hi-Line and some cooler temperatures in Eastern Montana.

But on Saturday, a new warm front sweeps across the state and will return our temps to the upper 60s, under mostly sunny skies.

BILLINGS FORECAST

 TONIGHT: Mostly clear and mild. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 38 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and cooler. West winds 5 to 10 mph the morning becoming northeasterly in the afternoon. High 61 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 68 degrees.