BILLINGS- It is another beautiful Monday in Billings. The temperature in the Billings area is at 74 degrees early Monday afternoon.
In fact, the weather is so clear you can see 70 miles to the Beartooth Mountains and even pick out some of the ski slopes at Red Lodge ski area.
Temperatures around the state are mostly in the 50s and 60s out west, a lot of 50s and 60s in Eastern Montana but also a few 70s like in Williston, N.D., Miles City, Billings and Worland, Wyo.
The storm prediction center is talking about the threat of isolated thunderstorms all over Montana today, except for an area around Missoula.
The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows right now we do have a line of showers and thunderstorms that started around Havre and are making their way to North Dakota.
Inside that line of showers, we do see some periods of heavy rain, lightning and small hail.
And if you look southwest, you can start to see a few thundershowers building up in Beaverhead, Madison and Gallatin counties.
The computer model shows that those storms will make their way into the Billings area, about 8:30 p.m. Monday.
Another batch of rain starts moving into Yellowstone County about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. After that, we won’t see any storms until Wednesday afternoon.
Temperatures are expected to remain fairly mild over the next 24 hours. Eventually they will work their way up to 87 on Thursday, then roll back to the low to mid-80s this weekend.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear and mild. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 49 degrees.
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and getting a little but warmer. There is a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Some of those may be strong to severe. South winds 5 to 15 mph. High 79 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Increasing clouds and warmer still. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. High 82 degrees.