BILLINGS — It is another beautiful day in Billings. But have you checked out the Yellowstone River lately? It's running a little high- almost at bank full.
At 2 p.m. Tuesday in Billings, it was a very comfortable 74 degrees at 2 p.m. with mostly sunny skies. Around the rest of the state, our temps are mostly into the 60s and 70s everywhere you look.
Our thunderstorm outlook for Tuesday shows the big storms continue to drop down into northern Wyoming while south-central Montana could see a stray thunderstorm or two.
The same thing is expected for Wednesday, with most of the big storms expected to stay around the Black Hills of South Dakota and only a stray thunderstorm or two across northern Wyoming and south-central Montana.
The Yellowstone River is running very close to bank full at both Livingston and Billings. The Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone at Edgar and Belfry are both out of their banks and flooding.
The Doppler radar tells the rest of the story Wednesday just scattered light rain showers in the Beartooths and across northern Wyoming. The showers will be following the jet stream into eastern Montana.
That's pretty much what the high-resolution forecast model shows: just a few stray thundershowers off the Beartooth Mountains that will track along the state line with Wyoming, even through 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, we expect another batch of showers to the track along the state line with Wyoming later that afternoon and evening. Even on Thursday, you will see a few spotty showers around the Beartooths and Bighorn Mountains.
Our temperatures will continue to stay into the 70s for the rest of the day, then drop back down to the 50s overnight. Then we jump right back up to 80 degrees about 2 p.m. Wednesday.
We will top out at 82 on Wednesday down to 78 on Thursday back to the mid-80s on Friday and Saturday. Then start off next week with 60s and 70s for highs.
TONIGHT: Increasing clouds and not as cool. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 57 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Decreasing clouds and a little bit warmer. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 82 degrees.
THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and not as warm. North winds 5 to 10 mph. High 78 degrees.