BILLINGS — It is a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in the Big Sky, with "severe clear" skies and plenty of sunshine in Billings.
In the early afternoon, it was 37 degrees with a southwest wind at 22 gusting to 26 mph.
Around the rest of the state, current temps were mostly into the 20s, 30s and a few 40s starting up around Cut Bank and pushing all the way toward Glendive Wednesday afternoon. Billings is 37 degrees.
Even the Doppler radar and satellite imagery has a hard time of finding any rain or cloud cover anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.
The high-resolution forecast model shows clear skies until 9 p.m.
That's when we start to see a few clouds roll into western North Dakota from southern Canada, otherwise we will still have mostly clear skies in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.
On Friday afternoon, a shortwave weather disturbance moves into the northwest corner of the state and produces some cloudy skies, but not much in the way of precipitation.
At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, it will be 35 degrees in Billings, then we cool back down to 29 degrees in the morning and back up to 44 degrees about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
We will top out at 48 degrees on Thursday, then back to the 50s on Friday through the weekend and on into Tuesday of next week.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear and cool. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 26 degrees.
THURSDAY: Sunny and a little but warmer. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 48 degrees.
FRIDAY: Sunny and warmer still. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 52 degrees.