BILLINGS — It is Friday afternoon in the Big Sky. And that big sky is a big beautiful blue sky in Billings. Not only is the weather pretty in Billings Friday, it's also pretty warm. As of 2 p.m., it was 67 degrees in Billings.
Around the rest of the state, temperatures are mostly into the 40s and 50s, but we do see a few places like Butte, Lewistown, Livingston, Cody and Sheridan all making it into the 60s already.
The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows a few cloudy skies along the Rocky Mountains front. Outside of that, we're looking at dry skies.
The high-resolution forecast model does show a new cold front tracking across southern Canada. Out in front of it, there is a warm front that warmed up most of Montana Friday.
However, Saturday morning, a new cold front starts pushing into the northern part of the state and will bring with it some scattered rain and snow showers.
By Saturday evening, that cold front will drop all the way through Montana and move into northeastern Wyoming. Behind it, we will see rain showers at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
By Sunday morning, that rain will change over to snow, which is expected to stick around throughout most of the day.
Here in the Billings area, we are anticipating one to two inches of snow. Places like Lewistown, Miles City and Bozeman could see 4 to 6 inches of snow.
Our temperatures will continue to be warm throughout the rest of this afternoon and then roll back down to the 40s Saturday morning. We will pop up to 60 degrees for the high. Then the cold front pushes through the and we drop a back into the 20s for highs.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear, breezy and mild. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 40 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and warm again. West winds 15 to 25 mph. High 60 degrees.
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 90% chance for snow and light freezing rain in the morning, then snow late in the afternoon and accumulating up the 1 to 2 inches possible. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. High 27 degrees.