BILLINGS — You can see it off in the distance. It looks a little hazy, but it’s actually light snow falling near Billings. However, it was partly cloudy in downtown Billings Monday afternoon with 28 degrees in a northwest wind at 17 mph.
Around the rest of the state, our temps are much warmer. Out west, we are into the 40s, around Kalispell and Missoula, 20s and 30s around the mountains. But east of the divide, it's generally into the teens and 20s.
The Doppler radar tells the story: you can see scattered snow showers developing in parts of south-central Montana. But they seem to be all around the Billings area and not in downtown.
It is all part of a much larger system, around an upper-level, low-pressure cell over Minnesota and North Dakota.
The low is pulling more moisture and cold air down from Canada and across eastern Montana.
The high-resolution forecast model shows isolated snow showers across southern Montana Monday night, with the heaviest snow in the Beartooth mountains and foothills.
Billings could see some more rain and snow Tuesday and again on Wednesday morning and afternoon.
Snowfall amounts for Billings could be 1 to2 inches, and Livingston could be the big winner with 6 to 10 inches through midweek.
Our temps will roll back into the 20s around midnight and get back up to the low 40s on Tuesday afternoon.
We will top out at 47 degrees on Tuesday then roll back to 41 degrees on Wednesday then work our way up to 64 on Sunday.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, cold and dry. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 19 degrees.
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for rain mixing with snow in the afternoon and warmer. West winds 10 to 20 mph high 47 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with an 80% chance for snow in the morning then a rain and snow mix in the afternoon. North winds 10 to 20 mph high 41 degrees.