BILLINGS — Friday may not be as pretty as Thursday, but it's not too bad when you consider it's 57 degrees outside at 2 p.m. in Billings.
Around the rest of the state, we have a few 30s, a few 40s even some 50s. In a few places, we even have some 60s like Great Falls, Livingston and Jordan.
The Doppler radar and satellite imagery tells the story Friday. Most moisture is mid- and high-level clouds. There is not too much in the way of rainfall working across the state.
The jet stream is in a zonal flow, so any storms that get caught up in it will move out very rapidly.
The high-resolution forecast model does show a new cold front moving into the state Friday. We think it will get close to the Billings area by 6 p.m. and start producing some rain showers later at night.
The cold front will blow through the state by Saturday morning but still produce a few lingering rain showers for Billings and the southeast corner of the state.
We expect mostly sunny skies to move in later Saturday afternoon and another storm system moves in by Sunday, producing more rain showers that evening.
Our temperatures will continue to roll back down to the 40s by Saturday morning, then bounce back up into the low 50s by Saturday afternoon. We will be a little bit cooler Saturday, thanks to the passage of the cold front from the western part of the state.
In fact, our temps will stay into the 50s through Tuesday, then roll back down the 38 degrees with a chance of snow on Thursday.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy and mostly dry. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 40 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny with a 20% chance for rain late in the morning. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 51 degrees.
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy and a little breezy, with a 20% chance for rain showers in the afternoon. West winds 15 to 25 mph. High 58 degrees.