BILLINGS — On Friday afternoon, we have another beautiful day in Billings. But the cloudy skies out there are just passing by and won’t stick around for very long.
But what is going to stick around is that temperature. We are already up to 44 degrees under those mostly sunny skies with a southwest wind at 20 mph, which gives you a windchill factor that feels like 36 degrees.
Around the rest of the state, our current temps are mostly the 20s and low 30s out in the west. But back east to the Divide, we see 30s, 40s and even 50s in the early afternoon.
The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows generally dry conditions from one side of Montana to the other.
The only thing we see is some cloudy skies in the southwest corner of the state and also in north-central Wyoming.
The high-resolution forecast model shows those cloudy skies will continue to push on through and head down into Wyoming.
For Saturday, we could see a few high clouds roll in from the northwest over the mountains but generally sunny skies back here east of the Divide.
On Sunday, we see a new cold front drop down from Canada and backdoor into south-central Montana, bringing mostly cloudy skies.
We also see more snow moving in from northwestern Montana. That's the snow that may move in here late in the day on Sunday and early Monday.
However, the GFS computer model shows Billings will probably only see light snow out of the system late Sunday night.
We will get up to 45 degrees next hour then roll back down to 29 Saturday morning and back to 43 degrees about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
In fact, we will top out at 47 degrees on Saturday, back down to 33 on Tuesday and up to 47 degrees again on Thursday.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear and not as cold. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 26 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny, windy and warmer. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. High 47 degrees.
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny, not as windy and mild. Look for a 30% chance for snow Sunday night. High 44 degrees.