BILLINGS- It is another beautiful day here in Billings. The sun is out, the wind has slowed and the temperatures are in the upper 30s in Billings.
Elsewhere around the state, it’s a little bit warmer IN Great Falls, Lewistown and Livingston.
There, the temperatures are in the 50s because we have some downsloping winds off the Divide. This has the tendency to compress the air and heat it up.
We’ve also had a minor surge of moisture do an end run around the Billings area earlier this morning.
We saw little rain and snow mixed around Lewistown and Miles City to the Glasgow area.
Currently, we are seeing more rain and snow showers move into the northwest around Kalispell.
That’s all part of the next system that spinning moisture into Oregon, Washington, Idaho and now parts of northwestern Montana.
Storm number two is out on the horizon and will probably start moving onshore in a few days. We expect that storm to follow a similar path as the one that just moved through today.
That path takes all the moisture up into the western and northwestern part of the state and brings it back down somewhere around the northeast corner of Montana, effectively bypassing Billings.
This means we can expect warmer conditions moving into the region on Thursday and again on Friday. Plus we could see some upslope snow conditions in the Beartooths by Thursday night.
A newer and weaker cold front will drop across the northeast corner of the state Friday on its way into the Dakotas, from Saskatchewan, Canada.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and warmer. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 32 degrees.
THURSDAY: Partly sunny and warmer still. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 49 degrees.
FRIDAY: Sunny and continued mild. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 46 degrees.