BILLINGS- It may look like it’s snowing drastically outside, but it’s actually fog.
Light wind, a little bit of low-level moisture are combining with cold temperatures, and we have fog.
You might see a stray snowflake out of this fog in Billings. Some of this moisture is moving up into the dendrite layer, where snowflakes are made.
The temperature was only 20 degrees at 2 p.m. Thursday but the humidity is 96 percent, and that’s why it’s so foggy outside along with cloudy skies.
However, we do see a new batch of snow developing around the Glasgow area in northeastern Montana and more snow lingering into the Dakotas.
This is all part of that big upper-level storm that moved into the Great Plains Wednesday.
The storm continues to pull moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico and now the Great Lakes and wrapping around this low as the cold air drops down from Canada.
All this moisture is mixing with the cold air and is turning it into snow and in fact, blizzard conditions across eastern Nebraska.
But for Montan,a we just see a few lingering snow flurries out in the west today and also the northeast.
However, we do see increasing sunshine on Friday afternoon with a new batch of snow moving in from the west Saturday morning.
Here again, we think that snow will drop south into western Wyoming and eastern Idaho over the weekend.
Temperatures will stay fairly flat the rest of the day and bottom out at 14 degrees in the morning back up to 23 degrees Friday afternoon. We will top out at 44 on Sunday then back into the 30s for Monday.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for evening light snow. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 8 degrees.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny and still cool. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 27 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny, breezy and not as cold. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph high 37 degrees.