BILLINGS — Friday marks the transition into cooler and wetter weather that will last into early next week.
High temperatures Friday will be mainly in the 50s, with a few 60s in the mountain foothills. Expect a mix of clouds and sunshine, with increasing clouds in the afternoon and evening.
Rain showers are likely by Friday evening and overnight into Saturday. Waves of precipitation will work their way across the area, with off-and-on rain showers for the lower elevations and snowing to the mountain foothills and mountains.
Most of the lower elevations will pick up from around the half inch up to 2 inches in total precipitation. Areas from Red Lodge to Livingston could see some accumulating snow, but the highest totals from wet, heavy snow will likely be around Harlowton and Judith Gap between Billings and Great Falls.
Temperatures will only be in the 40s for the highs and most of the area Saturday through Tuesday. Overnight temperatures will get colder especially by Monday and Tuesday mornings, bringing Frost and freeze conditions to much of the area.
Travel and conditions for outdoor recreation in much of central Montana could be very hazardous over the weekend, especially in the mountain passes.
Friday… Variable cloudiness with a chance of afternoon showers. A high near 57.
Friday night… Rain likely by late evening and overnight. Otherwise mostly cloudy to cloudy with a low of about 42.
Saturday… Rain. There could be a lull during the morning hours. A high around 48 and cloudy.