BILLINGS — It is Monday afternoon in the Big Sky, and the temps are already up into the 60s under a mostly cloudy sky.
Around the rest of the state, our current temps are in the 40s and 50s out west, and 60s and 70s back east.
Because of the warmer temperatures in the northeast, we have a Fire Weather Watch for Tuesday morning through that evening. Dry fuels and low humidity could cause erratic fire behavior.
In the early afternoon, we do see some light rain showers moving through Yellowstone County and the rest of south-central Montana.
So far these are just mostly light sprinkles rolling through with nothing really big or bad.
Our high-resolution forecast model shows we will continue to see spotty sprinkles throughout the day and even some more snow showers up in the Beartooth and Crazy mountains.
Those snow showers continue to track in towards the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming by later Monday night.
Then on Tuesday morning, we will see mostly sunny skies roll back in and those showers roll back out.
Mostly sunny and clear skies are expected for Tuesday evening and into Wednesday.
This is the day when our temps are expected to jump up into the 80s. All thanks to a new ridge of high pressure building into the region.
However, we are still expected to get up to 68 degreesMonday afternoon then roll back down the 48 in the morning and up to 63 degrees, by Tuesday afternoon.
We will top out at 67 degrees on Tuesday, then jump up into the 80s on Wednesday and Thursday.
Then a new cold front moves in on Friday and roles us back to the upper-60s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, with a 20% chance for isolated showers in the late evening and overnight. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 45 degrees.
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny, windy and warmer. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph. High 67 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer still. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 80 degrees.