BILLINGS- The snow has stopped, the sun is trying to come out, and a little bit of wind is blowing in south-central Montana, including Billings.
The temperature in Billings in the early afternoon is racing through the mid-30s.
Elsewhere around Montana, temperatures are mostly into the teens and 20s in northeastern Montana with a few 30s moving into the west.
The Doppler radar shows a little snow rotating around an upper-level, low-pressure cell in the northeast corner of the state.
That low is producing scattered snow flurries from Glasgow into Sidney.
There’s also a surface low in the northeast corner of Montana and a cold front coming out of that low tracking across the Hi-Line.
We believe that low will continue to push into the Dakotas, taking the cold front with it.
Thursday night, the high-resolution forecast shows the snow showers will continue to track out of Montana into the Dakotas.
At the same time, that low will pull more moisture over the mountains and into the Pryor and Bighorn mountains of southern Montana and northern Wyoming.
Eventually, that snow will leave the region. We can expect plenty of sunshine throughout much of the day on Friday until the sun sets.
After that, a new batch of clouds and snow start moving into northern Montana.
Those snow showers will continue to track into the Dakotas and possibly down into northwestern Wyoming.
Billings might see spotty flurries early Saturday morning..
We expect another cold night Thursday as temperatures drop into the low teens.
Eventually, if we hang in there long enough, we will see our temps warm back up into the upper 40s by the middle part of next week.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy and very cold. North winds 10 to 20 mph, shifting to the west at 5 to 15 mph overnight. Wind chills could get as cold as -5 degrees. Low 11 degrees.
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and cool. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 36 degrees.
SATURDAY: Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance for snow in the morning, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers in the afternoon. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 38 degrees.