BILLINGS — We had some light sprinkles moved to the Billings area at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Outside of that are, things are just little on the cool side. Our 2 p.m. temperature was 65 degrees in Billings.
Around the rest of the state, the temperatures were mostly into the 50s and 60s out in the west and 60s and 70s back in the northeast.
The thunderstorm outlook for Tuesday shows a stray thunderstorm or two across much of Montana. Only the northeast corner of the state will see the big stuff there. On Wednesday, even that disappears and heads over to the Midwest.
However, out in west-central and southwest Montana we have a whole slew of Winter Weather Advisories, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Storm Watches.
All with varying amounts of snow above the 5,000-foot level ranging anywhere from 3 to 6 inches to as much as 15 inches of snow through Wednesday into Thursday morning. There is even a Red Flag Warning for Johnson County of northern Wyoming.
Right now, the Doppler radar shows scattered light rain showers continue to push out of the southwest, into southern Montana and up to the north-central part of the state.
The high-resolution forecast model shows the rain will continue to push into the Billings area again at 8 p.m. Tuesday then spin around and come right back about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The computer models suggest Billings could see as much as an inch of rain out of these storms over the next two days.
We expect to warm up to 66 degrees by 3 p.m. Tuesday, then roll back down to the 50s in the morning and back to 55 degrees at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
We will top out at 59 on Wednesday, then work our way up to 85 degrees for a high on Sunday, then 86 degrees on Monday.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with an 80% chance of rain showers and a slight chance for thunderstorms in the evening. Then a chance of showers overnight. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 50 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 90% chance for rain showers the morning, then more rain showers and a chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon and cooler. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 61 degrees.
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance for rain in the morning, then rain showers likely with a slight chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 67 degrees.