BILLINGS — A cold front is bringing our first round of chillier weather and a good chance of snow Thursday. The really cold weather shows up next week.
A cold front moving to the area Thursday morning could mean the warmest temperatures during the early part of the day, with readings holding steady or dropping through the afternoon. Highs will be in the teens in northeastern Montana, and 20s to 30s from Billings to the south.
Expect clouds to increase through the afternoon, with a good chance of snow showers from Billings to the west and south. Accumulations through tomorrow morning will generally be one to 3 inches, with 4 to 5 inches in the mountain foothills and higher elevations.
With the recent warm weather, snow could melt and refreeze on roadways and sidewalks causing some slick conditions through the afternoon and overnight. Use caution!
Colder early Friday with temperatures mainly in the single digits above and below zero. With a mix of clouds and sun, highs will be in the teens and 20s Friday afternoon.
Expect a bit of a rebound Saturday with highs mainly in the 30s. But wind is likely from Livingston towards Billings. We transition into colder weather Sunday, and get clobbered with the coldest temperatures so far of the season starting Monday.
Thursday… Mostly cloudy with morning temperatures holding steady through the day or getting colder in the afternoon. The chance of snow increases during the afternoon and evening with light accumulations.
Thursday night… Snow with a total of 1 to 2 inches of accumulation. Low of about seven. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday… Isolated morning snow showers otherwise mostly sunny. A high near 29.