BILLINGS- Though it was a cold morning, at least the sun has come out and things have started to warm up in the early afternoon this Thursday.
In Billings, the temperature has cooked up to 26 degrees already, but we started at 7 degrees above zero, and we were one of the warmer overnight lows.
Other places like Cut Bank and Butte dipped down to -10 degrees and -11 degrees. Everyone else was mostly either in the single digits above or below zero.
This Thursday afternoon, most places have climbed up into the teens and 20s across the state.
The Doppler radar shows mostly clear skies in the central part of the state, with a few wispy high clouds in the corners by Kalispell and Glasgow.
The high-resolution forecast model shows mostly sunny skies will stick around for the next several days.
The cool temperatures will continue to finish out the day across Montana, but then, warmer temps will start moving in Friday and push the cold air into the Dakotas.
We can expect maybe one more night of pretty chilly temperatures as they drop back down into the low teens.
Then we bounce back up into the 30s for highs on Friday and 40s over the weekend, and we will keep those 40s into the middle part of next week.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear and cold again. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with wind chill factors of +5 degrees to -5 degrees overnight. Low 12 degrees.
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and a little warmer. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 35 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer still. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 41 degrees.