BILLINGS — On Friday afternoon in the Big Sky, we see partly cloudy skies over Billings and a temperature of 51 degrees and a northeast wind at 8 mph.
Around the rest of the state, we are really cold in the northwest corner of the state, in the 30s and 40s there. We see 50s and 60s just about everywhere else in Montana and northern Wyoming.
On the threat board that is really starting to fill up with Winter Storm Watches, Winter Storm Warnings and even a Blizzard Warning.
We could see snowfall amounts range anywhere from 3 to 5 inches, all the way up to 24 inches across Montana in the Blizzard Warning. We could also see 55 mph winds on Saturday night and Sunday.
Here in the Billings area, we can expect to see anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow with this Winter Storm Watch Saturday night through Sunday evening.
Right now, the Doppler radar shows you rain and snow showers up in the northwest corner of the state with most of the snow around Glacier National Park.
The high-resolution forecast model shows partly cloudy skies and warm conditions across the rest of Montana. On Saturday, the snow in Glacier National Park will start pushing its way across the state. It will arrive here in the Billings area that evening.
We expect the snow to stick around all day Sunday, Sunday night and even into Monday morning. Then Monday afternoon, the whole storm kicks out of the state.
The computer models range anywhere from 1 to 7 inches of snow for Billings. We like to pick the one in the middle, so we estimate it to be about five inches of snow for Billings.
It will be 53 degrees at 6 p.m. then cool back down to 39 degrees in the morning and up to 60 degrees about 2 p.m. Saturday.
We will top out at 58 degrees on Saturday, then roll back down to the 30s Sunday through Thursday of next week, with snow showers off and on next week too.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy and colder. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 38 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy and mild. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. High 58 degrees.
SUNDAY: Winter Storm Watch through Sunday evening. Mostly cloudy with a 100% chance for snow and blowing snow in the morning and again in the afternoon. It will be windy and much colder with snow accumulations possible. Northwest winds 15 to 30 mph gusting to 40 mph in the afternoon. Temperatures falling into the lower 20s in the afternoon. High 33°.