BILLINGS — It was a very cold morning Monday, and in some places, it was record-breaking cold. The good news is that most of the coldest Arctic air is moving out of the state.
At 2 p.m. in Billings, it was 24 degrees with mostly sunny skies.
That has melted most of the snow that fell on the roadways, which was 1.7 inches overnight in Billings.
These are some of the record lows for today that are in the record books.
If you look at Havre, where it says -16, that record was broken Monday. The new record Monday morning was -18 degrees at Havre. Billings dipped to -1 degree. Livingston was -5 degrees, but Miles City dipped to zero.
Our current temperatures show everybody has made it above zero, except for Havre, which is at -3 degrees.
The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows clear skies across much of the state, and most of the cold air continues to follow the jet stream from Canada down into Wyoming and beyond.
That's some good news because there is a new warm front sweeping across the state Monday, which will help to warm things up across all of Montana by Tuesday morning.
In fact, we will start off the day with mostly sunny skies on Tuesday, which will then give way to rain showers, because it'll be too warm for snow, on Tuesday afternoon.
That system moves out here on Wednesday morning and sunny skies return Wednesday afternoon. Precipitation amounts are expected be light. We could see maybe 1 to 2 inches of snow in some places.
Our temperatures continue to remain rather cool for the next 24 hours, then jump up to 47 degrees by 2 p.m. Tuesday.
In fact, we could see temps get back into the 50s again, Thursday through Sunday.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear and warmer with patchy blowing snow. Tonight. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 22 degrees.
TUESDAY: Increasing clouds and warmer with patchy blowing snow in the morning. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 48 degrees. Look for a 40% chance for rain moving into the region that evening turning to snow after 3 a.m.
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny with a 20% chance for snow in the morning then sunny skies during the afternoon. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 47 degrees.