BILLINGS- It is another beautiful day in Billings with clear blue skies and warming temperatures, and not only that, it’s Friday.
Already in the afternoon, the temperatures are warming up into the low 40s and should get a little higher before the day is done under those mostly sunny skies.
In fact, there’s a little strip of 40s right through the central part of the state from Sheridan, Wyo., through Billings, all the way up to Cut Bank.
On either side of that strip, the temperatures are in the 20s and 30s.
The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows generally clear skies across most of central Montana with a few high clouds up around Kalispell and some spotty rain and snow in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Our forecast model shows the warmer temperatures are expected to stay around central Montana throughout the day, while a week cold front is draped across the northeast corner the state.
Up there, we are expecting the cooler temperatures to stick around for the rest of today, and indeed, through most of the weekend.
By Sunday afternoon, the cooler air will continue to drain into the Dakotas, but only the extreme eastern edge of the state will be experiencing the cooler temperatures.
Temps are forecast to drop down into the 20s for overnight lows Friday night and then bounce back up into the 40s for highs through the weekend and then roll back to the upper 30s by next Thursday.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear and cool. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 26 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 46 degrees.
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer still. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 48 degrees.