BILLINGS — We are starting to see a few holes in the clouds Tuesday and the temperatures are a little bit warmer in Billings. In the early afternoon, we have partly cloudy skies and 35 degrees.
Around the rest of the state, we see mostly 30s east of the Divide with 40s and 50s out west.
We also have a Winter Weather Advisory, for north-central Montana, that begins at noon Wednesday through 10 a.m. Thursday. We could see 2 to 5 inches of snow in the valleys and 6 to 10 inches in the mountains.
In south-central Montana, we have a Winter Storm Watch from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday for 6 to 9 inches of snow.
The Doppler Radar shows a few snow showers in central Montana and a couple of sprinkles in the south-central part of the state.
The high-resolution forecast model shows generally dry conditions around Billings through the afternoon and evening. We could see a few snow showers in the southeast overnight.
Billings could see rain move in Wednesday evening with snow up in the Beartooth, Pryor and Big Horn mountains. More snow is forecast to move into Billings Thursday afternoon and evening.
All the computer models show we could see anywhere from 2 to 7 inches of new snow through Thursday.
Our temps will stay mostly in the 30s through the next 24 hours. However, we could top out at 40 degrees on Wednesday afternoon.
Then we will drop into the 20s on Thursday, thanks to a new cold front that blows through with a fresh supply of snow just in time for the weekend.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow or freezing rain overnight. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 28 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of freezing rain and snow with little or no accumulation. Heavy snow with accumulation overnight. High 40 degrees.
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with an 80% chance of snow. Accumulation possible. North winds 10-20 mph. High 27 degrees.