BILLINGS — We see partly cloudy skies with a few scattered rain showers off in the distance Monday. Right now, the temperatures are a little bit cool at 65 degrees with wind screaming at 46 mph.
Around the rest of the state, our current temps are mostly to the 50s in the west and 60s back in the east. And the winds are moving fast.
We see winds gusting from 46 to 54 to 48 mph in Billings, Livingston and Lewistown.
Plus, we have a Winter Weather Advisory that goes in effect Tuesday at 6 a.m. until noon for 1 to 3 inches of snow in the mountain passes of northwest Montana.
We also have a Wind Advisory from Butte to Missoula to Helena until 6 p.m. Monday for winds gusting to 50 mph and a wind advisory for the Beartooth Mountains until 6 p.m. for winds gusting to 60 mph.
The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows the few scattered showers racing across the state Monday are all part of a cold front that is showing up on the high-resolution forecast model.
That takes a cold front and pushes it clear through the state by later Monday night. After that, we get a little break in the action on Tuesday morning.
Then by Tuesday evening, here comes another cold front pushing across the state bringing scattered rain and snow showers to the higher elevations and rain down the valleys.
On Wednesday, a little surface trough drops down from Canada with more rain and snow showers in the plains. Billings could even see rain mixing with snow Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
It will be 62 degrees at 5:30 p.m. as we cool down to 42 degrees in the morning and back up to 55 by 12:30 p.m.
We will top out at 61 on Tuesday cool back down to the 50s on Wednesday and Thursday and stay in the 50s for the rest of the week.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and cooler. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 39 degrees.
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for afternoon rain. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 61 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny with a 30% chance for rain in the afternoon and windy. West winds 20 to 35 gusting to 50 mph. High 56 degrees.