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Q2 Weather: We might get a little bit of rain in Billings area to help wash away the smoke

Posted at 2:58 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 16:58:06-04

BILLINGS — Maybe you noticed the smoke is still hanging in the air from the Mountain View fire out by Molt.

And have you also noticed that some of the leaves are beginning to change color in downtown Billings.

One thing is for sure, it's beginning to feel a little bit more like fall. The temperature at 2 p.m. is 75 degrees in Billings.

Around the rest the state the temperatures are mostly into the 70s, although a few places like Cut Bank, Glasgow, Cody and Glendive are still only in the 60s.

Our thunderstorm outlook for Thursday shows isolated thunderstorms possible in the southwest corner of Montana and western Wyoming and the extreme southeast corner of Montana and northeastern Wyoming.

The Doppler radar is already picking up some scattered showers developing from Cody through Bozeman and into Missoula.

Those showers will follow the jet stream right on into south-central Montana, including Billings.

In fact, that's what our high-resolution forecast is showing. Those showers in the west will be pulling into the Billings area around 6 to 6:30 p.m.

They will probably stick around throughout the evening and eventually move into eastern Montana by 6 a.m. Friday.

We expect dry conditions in Billings from Friday afternoon right into Saturday morning.

Our temperatures will probably stay in the upper 70s for the rest of Thursday and then drop back down into the low 60s, Friday morning.

We expect to top out at 79 degrees on Friday, up to 92 degrees on Sunday and then back to the low 80s as we head into the middle part of next week.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Decreasing clouds with a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the evening and late evening, plus a chance for more rain overnight. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 56 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny with a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. High 79 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and getting a little but warmer. South winds 5 to 10 mph. High 86 degrees.