BILLINGS- Just one day after rain and snow moved into Billings and look what we have, plenty of sunny skies and temperatures on the rebound.
At 1:30 p.m., the temperature was in the upper 30s in Billings, heading for the low 40s.
Temperatures around the rest of eastern Montana were mostly in the 30s, but we do see a lot of 40s in the west, and they will probably go even higher before the day is done.
On the threat board, we still have a Flood Advisory for small streams around the town of Ringling in Meagher County. However, that is the only thing on the threat board for Montana.
The rest of the wintry weather continues in the Dakotas and the Great Lakes states. That’s where we still have Blizzard Warnings from Rapid City to the Minneapolis, Minn.
On the Doppler radar and satellite imagery, we still have a few widely scattered snow showers in Western Montana and around the mountains.
Those showers are being drawn to the south and east and into the big winter storm that is causing the blizzard conditions out on the plains.
Our high-resolution forecast model shows we will continue to see those spotty little snow showers being drawn into the big winter storm, a couple states away.
For the most part, the Rocky Mountains are acting like a giant snow fence keeping most of the snow on the western side of the mountains and away from Billings.
This should continue through Friday. On Saturday we are anticipating mostly sunny skies from one side of Montana to the other, with warming temperatures.
Over the weekend, our temperature should start zooming up into the 50s and low 60s in Billings and stay there as we head into the beginning part of next week.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and cool. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 26 degrees.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny and a little warmer. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. High 45 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 56 degrees.