BILLINGS- We may have just a few high clouds in Billings on Friday afternoon, but the temperatures are cooking pretty well. We are already up into the 50s in the early afternoon.
The only issue we have is the wind that’s been out of the southwest at 17 mph, gusting to 33 mph.
And its’ not only Billings. Most of the eastern slopes along the divide have been breezy this Friday afternoon.
Winds have been gusting to 33 mph at Great Falls and Livingston in the afternoon.
Beginning Saturday, we have a High Wind Warning for the front range the Rockies for winds gusting up to 80 mph, and that stays through Saturday afternoon.
In the meantime, all we have today are a few clouds tracking across Montana. Those clouds are moisture-starved, so we are not expecting rainfall. Just filtered sunshine.
The high-resolution forecast model shows this filtered sunshine should stick around through the rest of the afternoon for eastern Montana.
By Saturday morning, a fast-moving cold front will race through the state, producing a few scattered snow showers in the Beartooths but mostly cloudy skies in Billings in the morning.
By the afternoon, that cold front races into the Dakotas, and sunny skies should return to all of Montana. Plus we get to keep those sunny skies all the way to the rest of the weekend.
In fact, we are expecting mostly sunny skies the rest of next week with temperatures hovering in the low-to-mid 50s all the way through.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and not as cold. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 33 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. West winds 15 to 25 mph. High 51 degrees.
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and not as windy. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 51 degrees.