BILLINGS- It is another Chamber of Commerce day in beautiful Billings. The sun is out, the temperatures are warming into the 40s and the wind chill is above zero.
Elsewhere around the state, temperatures are mostly in the 30s and 40s, although Kalispell is reporting 29 degrees at 2 p.m.
The Doppler radar is showing a northwesterly flow of air, and caught in that flow are scattered sprinkles coming out of Alberta, Canada, into north-central Montana.
It is a big ridge of high pressure in the Pacific Northwest that’s taking most of the moisture off the Pacific and sending it north into Canada and escorting it up and around the state of Montana.
It is a warm front that’s moving across the state Thursday and is part of the reason we are warming up so well.
That warm front will last the rest of the day and start pushing into the Dakotas Friday morning.
High pressure in Wyoming will hold back a new cold front in southern Canada for Friday and most of Saturday.
On Saturday night into Sunday, that cold front will finally start dropping down into Montana and initiating a major weather pattern change.
The change will be one that will bring drastically colder temperatures and a significant snow event as we head into next week.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and continued breezy and mild. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph.
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, breezy and warm. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. High 50 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy but still warm. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 52 degrees.