BILLINGS — Scattered showers and periods of wind are coming this weekend, but our focus is on the colder and wetter weather possible by next weekend.
Weak disturbances moving off the mountains will bring a few scattered rain and snow showers Friday evening. Precipitation amounts should be light, with the mountains picking up a few inches.
Saturday will be breezy at times with a few isolated rain or snow showers in southeast Montana. Temperatures will start off mainly in the 20s to low 30s, and warm to mainly the mid to lower 40s Saturday afternoon.
A stronger system Sunday through Monday brings a better chance of scattered rain and snow, but temperatures hold into the mid-30s to mid-40s for highs and 20s to mid-30s for the lows. There could be some travel concerns early Monday.
A definite shift in the weather pattern seems on track by next weekend toward more winter-like weather. Temperatures look to drop colder than average by Friday/Saturday with a chance of snow showers increasing next weekend.
Friday night… Some clearing during the evening and overnight hours with a slight chance of a shower. Westerly winds 15 to 25 miles an hour tapering off through the evening. A low near 33.
Saturday… Mostly sunny with a high near 45. Breezy periods.
Sunday and Martin Luther King Jr. Day A chance of rain and snow showers the highs in the mid-40s Sunday and near 40 by Monday afternoon. Little or no snow accumulation.