BILLINGS- Even though the cloudy skies are starting to roll in, it looks like all will see are a couple of sprinkles.
That’s because most of the heavier rain that caused the area flooding over the last few days is starting to move away from the region and head to the central plains.
In the early afternoon, the temperature in Billings had zoomed up to 62 degrees. Other temperatures around the rest of the state are mostly in the 50s, 60s and a few low 70s.
The Doppler radar shows most of the rain continues to stream up towards the Beartooths and all the heavy rain continues to drop farther south.
That’s because the upper-level low that caused the rain over the last few days is starting to slide eastward into the central plains and taking most of the rain with it.
All that rain will be replaced by high pressure and sunny skies moving into Montana later Tuesday night.
High pressure will continue to center up over Wyoming and Montana, bringing mostly sunny skies and significantly warmer temperatures.
You might even say it’s about time we get temps into the 70s because that’s what we are expected to do and they will stay that way for the next six days.
Any rainfall amounts are expected to be light through the end of the week, with Billings picking up only 0.04 inches of rain.
The big winners will be Kalispell and Cut Bank with a quarter to a third of an inch of rain in both areas.
The temperature will be the big winner for the next six days.
They’re expected to get back up into the 70s for afternoon highs Wednesday through Monday with Friday and Sunday getting into the upper 70s.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear, dry and mild. North winds 5 to mph in the evening shifting to the West 5 to 15 mph overnight. Low 43 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. South winds 5 to 15 mph. High 71 degrees.
THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer still. South winds 5 to 10 mph. High 76 degrees.