BILLINGS — It is another beautiful day in south-central Montana. In Billings right now, the temperature is a very comfortable 66 degrees with mostly sunny skies and a west wind at 22 mph.
Around the rest of the state, temps are mostly to the 50s and 60s out west, but up in the northeast corner of the state we're seeing temps already in the 70s.
The Doppler radar and satellite imagery tells the story.
We just have this one little bank of clouds rolling over south-central Montana and Billings Wednesday afternoon, but a new batch of moisture is expected to move into western Montana Wednesday evening.
At least that's what our high-resolution forecast model a showing. At 6 p.m., we can expect to see scattered light rain showers in the west while we are still enjoying sunny skies east of the Divide.
However, by 6 a.m. Thursday, some of those showers could make their way into south-central Montana, but we think it really won't be until later that night when we start to see some real rain move into the Billings area about 6:30 p.m.
Those showers will stick around Thursday night and then start to move out of the area by Friday morning.
By Friday afternoon, we are still looking at generally spotty showers and mostly dry conditions.
At 3 p.m., our temperature will be up into the upper 60s, then roll back down to the 40s in the morning and back to the mid-50s Thursday afternoon.
We will top out at 59 on Thursday, work our way through the 60s for high temps on Friday and Saturday, then once we hit Sunday, we will top out into the 70s and we keep those 70s for a while.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance for evening rain showers and a 40% chance of more rain overnight. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 46 degrees.
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance for rain in the morning and more rain likely in the afternoon and cooler. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph. High 59 degrees.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny with a 50% chance for rain the morning and possible thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 61 degrees.