BILLINGS- Cloudy skies and light rain are moving into south-central Montana Thursday afternoon.
The thunderstorm outlook shows isolated showers and a stray thunderstorm or two expected Thursday as a new cold front sweeps across the state.
The Doppler radar bears this out. Mostly scattered rain showers are across all of eastern Montana, with snow falling in the higher elevations out West.
Thursday’s active weather is the result of a new cold front that’s sweeping across the state. As it does so, it is touching off rain showers across much of Montana.
We could even see a stray thunderstorm in the eastern part of the state.
Because the temperatures are so low, only the 50s Thursday, we are not expecting any of these thunderstorms to become severe.
This cold front has even kicked off a few scattered snow showers in the higher elevations of the western mountains.
Once Thursday’s cold front moves by, we expect mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures in the 60s on Friday.
However, a new cold front will drop down from Canada late Friday night and push into central Montana by Saturday afternoon.
This second cold front could actually just slip by Billings, but we’ll probably catch part of it. This means the temperatures will roll back to the low 60s as a result.
Mmore cooler and unsettled air is expected to move in the middle part of next week. This means we could see some spotty showers with temps rolling back into the 50s.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms this evening, then clearing skies overnight. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 37 degrees.
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and getting warmer again. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 65 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy and a little bit cooler with a 20% chance of isolated rain that evening. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. High 61 degrees.