BILLINGS — Melting snow and isolated thunderstorms are ahead.
Heavy snow pack in area foothills between 5,000 to 7,500 feet will begin to melt this week.
Warm afternoon highs and four to eight inches of available water will cause area streams and creeks to rise.
Ranchers should monitor cattle and recreationists should exercise caution around area waterways.
A few weak disturbances will pass through the region Monday and Tuesday.
Afternoon highs will stay mostly in the 60s Monday with isolated showers and thunderstorms possible late in the day.
A bit more wind is expected Tuesday along with slightly cooler afternoon high temps.
By Wednesday, afternoon highs will soar into the upper 70s and low 80s before another round of showers and thunderstorms move through the region Thursday.
The forecast for Billings
Tonight: Partly cloudy and mild, northwest winds 5 to 10 mph and a low of 43.
Monday: Mostly sunny early, becoming mostly cloudy with west winds 5 to 15 mph, a 30% chance of afternoon and evening shows and isolated thunderstorms and a high of 69.
Monday night: Cloudy with a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms and showers, west winds 10 to 20 mph and a low of 45.
Tuesday: Sunny, west winds 15 to 25 mph and a high of 67.