BILLINGS — This is just what the doctor ordered for your yard and trees- a light slow rainfall that will deep water your lawn.
The trees seem to be just popping out in full blossom at the Moss Mansion on Division and 32nd Street.
The temperatures are still little on the cool side, right around 35 to 37 degrees early Monday afternoon. Around the rest of the state, temps are mostly in the 30s and 40s in the south and 40s and 50s across the Hi-Line out west.
By now the Doppler radar tells the whole story. There is a northwesterly flow of air with several little waves of moisture, all streaming into the Billings area from Missoula to Great Falls toward the southeast corner of the state.
The high-resolution forecast model shows virtually the same story. We will see a little break in the action by 6:30 p.m. Monday and then more rain starts moving in later about 11:30 p.m. in Billings.
That gives way to a dry morning in the Billings area on Tuesday, but a new batch of moisture starts moving in later that afternoon and evening.
Then on Wednesday morning, we are looking at dry conditions. That afternoon, a fresh batch of moisture starts moving in from the southwest and Billings could see more rain Wednesday night.
Our temperatures Monday will remain kind of cool and flat, possibly getting into the 40s by later Monday evening, then rolling back into the 30s Tuesday morning and back up into the 40s by Tuesday afternoon.
We will likely top out at 57 on Tuesday then up to the 60s on Wednesday through Saturday and possibly up to 76 degrees by Sunday afternoon. However, things will be kind a rainy off and on right on through Saturday morning.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance for rain showers this evening then rain and snow showers mixed overnight. Little or no accumulation is expected. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 37 degrees.
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy but warmer, with a 70% chance for snow showers in the early morning mixing with rain later that morning. Rain showers likely again Tuesday afternoon, with little or no snow accumulation expected. East winds 5 to 10 mph high 57 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy and warmer with a 70% chance for rain in the morning and again that afternoon with a slight chance for an afternoon thunderstorm. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 64 degrees.