BILLINGS — Mostly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures are on their way into the Billings area Tuesday. The wind is calm, but the temperatures are 56 degrees under those mostly cloudy skies.
We are really cool over in the northwest corner of the state with highs only to the 40s. We are seeing 40s and 50s elsewhere around the state with 60s in northern Wyoming.
We do have a Winter Weather Advisory up in the northwest corner of the state on the Rocky Mountains front for 7 to 14 inches of snow at the mountain passes until noon Wednesday.
Plus, we have a Wind Advisory in the Beartooth Mountains and foothills for winds gusting to 65 mph, beginning at 3 a.m. and lasting until 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The Doppler radar shows rain and snow showers already starting to make their way in from the west. It is just now starting to push into south-central Montana.
The high-resolution forecast model shows a new weather system continuing to move into the state. It will start producing rain showers in the Billings area later Tuesday about 10:30 p.m.
After that, the whole thing races out of here and we'll see another batch of cold air drop down from Canada, east of our divide and produce scattered rain and snow showers on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
It will be 63 degrees at 5 p.m. and then we will cool back down to 48 degrees at 9 a.m., then back up to 52 by noon.
We will top out at 55 on Wednesday up to 62 degrees on Friday, then back to the 40s as we head into the weekend and the early part of next week.
TONIGHT: Decreasing clouds with a 70% chance for rain likely this evening. Some rain is possible overnight. West winds 10 to 20 mph low 45 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny with a 30% chance for rain showers in the afternoon and windy. West winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph. High 55 degrees.
THURSDAY: Partly sunny with a 20% chance for rain and snow in the morning then a slight chance for rain showers in the afternoon. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 49 degrees.