BILLINGS- Look at that blue sky in Billings this Monday afternoon- this is what we call severe clear. There’s not even a stray cloud in that big sky of Montana this afternoon.
Even the temperatures are starting to cooperate, in Billings it’s already up to 43 degrees with a southwest wind at 14 mph.
The temperatures around the rest the state are mostly into the 30s and 40s, with the 40s right smack dab in the middle of it.
Cut Bank is at 49 degrees, the warmest spot in the state at 2 p.m.
The Doppler radar still shows what is left of a fast-moving Alberta clipper type front that moved through the region overnight Sunday night.
That system is now in South Dakota, but a few lingering clouds continue to stay in the eastern part of Montana Monday afternoon.
A new ridge of high pressure continues to build in from the great basin area, and it will eventually start clearing out the skies and warming up the temperatures.
And now here’s some good news: a low-pressure cell off the California coast will start spreading rain into that very parched state.
Some of that moisture may actually make it as far north as Montana later this weekend. Only time will tell, and we will have to wait and see.
In the short-term, our high-resolution forecast model shows mostly sunny skies will prevail across most of the state for the next 72 hours.
This will make traveling for Thanksgiving anywhere around Montana a breeze.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear, breezy and cool. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 29 degrees.
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny, breezy and a little but warmer. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. High 49 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer still. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 50 degrees.