BILLINGS — It certainly looked and felt like spring Monday in Billings. In the early afternoon, the temperature had already reached 59 degrees.
Temperatures around the rest of the state were mostly into the 40s and 50s out in the west, and 50s with some folks getting close to 60 in eastern Montana. The Doppler radar told the story.
The big storms in eastern Montana Sunday, with all hail, continue to move their way into the Dakotas Monday, being escorted by the jet stream.
That means we are scouring out most of Montana we just a few leftover high clouds.
The high-resolution forecast model bears that out as well. We will continue to see mostly sunny skies across most of Montana.
However, we might see a few scattered rain showers and snow showers in the Beartooth and Bighorn mountains of southern Montana and northern Wyoming.
But even those will continue to push out of the region as the day goes on.
By Tuesday we are still looking at mostly sunny skies across the state, but a new system moving out of Saskatchewan, Canada, could bring some cloudy skies and rain to northeastern and East central Montana Tuesday.
The rest of the state will enjoy mostly sunny skies Tuesday.
The next system will start sending clouds into Montana from the southwest on Wednesday, and we think by Thursday, some rain showers may moving in along with it.
Our temperatures continue to stay into the 60s the rest of Monday, then roll back down into the low 40s at night, then back up to 61 degrees again around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
We will top out at 67 on Tuesday 69 on Wednesday, then a new cold front moves in on Thursday and brings a chance of rain and cooler temps in the 50s. From there, we bounce back into the 60s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and a little cool. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 36 degrees.
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and a little warmer. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 67 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Increasing clouds and increasing temperatures. East winds 5 to 15 mph. High 69 degrees.