BILLINGS- It’s simply a beautiful Friday afternoon in Billings.
This comes after a slow start this morning that had mostly cloudy skies over the region.
The cloudy skies are part of a cold front, and upper-level trough that moved in overnight and has since started to exit the area.
The early afternoon temperatures were noticeably cooler than Thursday’s, but still not bad for this time of year.
We saw mostly 50s and low 60s across Eastern Montana, and a few upper 50s in the northwest corner of the state.
The big story is this: the upper-level trough is starting to move into the Dakotas.
A new ridge of high pressure building over the Pacific Ocean yesterday has now moved onshore in the Pacific Northwest today.
This will start to warm up the region and clear out the skies as we head into the weekend. In the meantime, it’s just kind of quiet across the rest of the West.
The high-resolution forecast model shows that cold front that moved through today will continue to turn into a warm front on Saturday and sweep across Eastern Montana and warm things up.
That warm front is tied to another cold front in southern Canada, which is forecast to drop into Montana by Sunday and cool things off again, but only just a little bit.
We could cook up to the upper 60s and low 70s on Saturday, only to roll back down to low 60s by Sunday and Monday.
We anticipate the afternoon Highs will continue to stay in the 60s all the way through next week.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear and chilly. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 37 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and a little but warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 70 degrees.
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and not quite as warm. West winds 5 to 10 mph the morning becoming southeasterly in the afternoon. High 64 degrees.