BILLINGS — It is another beautiful blue sky over Billings in the early afternoon on Thursday. This makes it about four times so far this week.
However, today's will be little better because it is not nearly as warm. We are already up to 86 degrees and we will probably top out in the low 90s today.
Around the rest of the state, the temperatures are mostly into the 60s and 70s.
The big story on the thunderstorm outlook shows isolated thundershowers moving in from the southwest and eventually workingthrough Billings and into the northeastern corner of the state by Friday night.
On Thursday afternoon, the Doppler radar is showing just a few spotty showers south of Cody, but nothing coming toward Billings yet.
In fact, that's what our high-resolution forecast model is showing Thursday. Mostly dry skies across southern Montana through the evening.
We may start to see some showers move into the area by Friday morning and then the big stuff moves in that evening at 6 p.m. No word yet on severity.
Those showers will eventually move out of the state by Saturday afternoon and then a fresh batch of rain moves in Sunday.
Temperatures will stay into the 90s through the afternoon, then roll back down to the 60s in the morning on Friday and then back to the mid-70s by Friday afternoon.
We will probably top out at 82 on Friday and then roll it back into the 70s over the weekend and the early part of next week.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear and mild again tonight. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 61 degrees.
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance for thunderstorms in the morning and a 30% chance for rain in the afternoon. There is a 40% chance for strong thunderstorms moving into the area Friday night. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. High 82 degrees.
SATURDAY: Partly sunny with a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the morning. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 75 degrees.