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  • The potential for heavy rain with continued warmer-than-average temperatures will keep flood awareness high this week.

    Monday afternoon temperatures will reach the 70s to low 80s with scattered afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Most of the Monday storms will affect the mountains South and West of Billings.

    With more humid conditions, the chance of storms increases on Tuesday and Wednesday. The greatest threat is areas of heavy rain. But there is a chance of damaging wind and larger hail in Eastern Montana extending into the Dakotas both days.

    With the increasing cloud cover, and the better chance of rain, temperatures will decrease. Expect highs mainly in the 70s on Tuesday, and upper 60s to low 70s on Wednesday.

    The potential for heavy rain could increase already rising levels streams and creeks with some potential for flooding.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Partly to mostly sunny with a high near 80. A slight chance of a late day shower thunderstorm.

    Monday night… Isolated storms. Otherwise partly to mostly cloudy with a low of about 53.

    Tuesday… Partly cloudy with increasing afternoon clouds. An increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms that could include areas of heavy rain.

  • A much different look to the weather Friday, but we are back to warm temperatures before the end of the weekend.

    Strong cold front moves through the area last night creating areas of heavy rain, hail, and frequent lightning.

    Much cooler temperatures with gray skies in area showers are expected Friday. Highs will be mainly in the 50s, and won’t change much from the morning to the afternoon.

    Rain will be heaviest on the North facing slopes of the mountains with higher elevation snow.

    Conditions dry out on Saturday, but temperatures remain cooler than normal. Highs will be mainly in the 50s to mid 60s.

    Temperatures will turn to the 70s on Sunday, and continue in the 70s warming to around 80° early next week.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Cloudy with showers. Light Northeast wind. High of about 54.

    Friday night… Showers continuing the tapering off to the evening. Otherwise cloudy with a low of about 42.

    Saturday… A chance of morning showers and then mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Around 57 for a high.

  • A much different look to the weather Friday, but we are back to warm temperatures before the end of the weekend.

    Strong cold front moves through the area last night creating areas of heavy rain, hail, and frequent lightning.

    Much cooler temperatures with gray skies in area showers are expected Friday. Highs will be mainly in the 50s, and won’t change much from the morning to the afternoon.

    Rain will be heaviest on the North facing slopes of the mountains with higher elevation snow.

    Conditions dry out on Saturday, but temperatures remain cooler than normal. Highs will be mainly in the 50s to mid 60s.

    Temperatures will turn to the 70s on Sunday, and continue in the 70s warming to around 80° early next week.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Cloudy with showers. Light Northeast wind. High of about 54.

    Friday night… Showers continuing the tapering off to the evening. Otherwise cloudy with a low of about 42.

    Saturday… A chance of morning showers and then mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Around 57 for a high.

  • After another warm day, the evening could include severe thunderstorms in portions of Eastern Montana.

    As a strong cold front moves across the region Thursday afternoon and evening, showers and thunderstorms will develop. Especially along the eastern edge of Montana into the Dakotas, the potential for heavy rain, large hail, and damaging winds exists.

    The entire area has at least some potential for showers and thunderstorms through the evening hours. Rain showers will continue overnight through Friday.

    During the day Thursday, expect sunshine mix with a few clouds and high temperatures mainly in the 70s to low 80s. Overnight readings will drop to the 40s to low 50s.

    With the clouds and showers Friday, expect high temperatures only in the 50s.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Partly cloudy with increasing afternoon clouds. A high near 79. West wind 5 to 15 miles an hour becoming gusty around afternoon and evening thunderstorms.

    Thursday night… Cloudy to mostly cloudy with area showers and thunderstorms. Low near 51.

    Friday… Cloudy with area rain showers. Much cooler with a high only around 55.

  • Temperatures peak Wednesday with cooler and wetter weather by Friday.

    The next couple of days will remain warm, with widespread highs 75 to 85 Wednesday followed by low-70s to low-80s Thursday.

    For Wednesday, winds will be light with brief afternoon gusts possible and a few afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms. Wednesday’s storms will favor areas wet of Billings.

    For Thursday, it will be slightly cooler. A cold front will bring gusty winds and an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of these storms could have gusty winds and small hail.

    Friday and Saturday will be cooler with scattered showers.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday…Mostly sunny with a chance of an afternoon shower or brief thunderstorm. High of about 82.

    Wednesday night…Partly cloudy with a chance of an evening shower or thunderstorm. Low near 53.

    Thursday…High around 79. Mostly sunny early with a better chance of late afternoon or evening showers and thunderstorms. Periods of gusty winds.

  • Our warm up peaks the next few days. Cooler and wetter weather arrives late Thursday.

    Tuesday will be filled with sunshine with winds remaining light. High temperatures will be mainly in the upper 70s, or about 10 degrees warmer than mid-May averages.

    After a quiet evening, Wednesday will warm from early morning temperatures from 45 to 55 to mainly the upper 70s and 80s. Overall, it should be the warmest day of the week.

    Thursday remains warm ahead of a cold front with high temperatures back to the 70s to low 80s. A cold front Thursday afternoon/evening will provide an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms.

    Friday will be noticeably cooler with area showers.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday…Sunny with a high of about 78. Light southwest breeze.

    Tuesday night…Mostly clear and near 51 for the low.

    Wednesday…Mostly sunny and around 83 for the warmest temperatures. Scattered to isolated showers and thunderstorms around the area during the afternoon and evening.

  • As our weekend rain shifts out of the area, it gets warmer and drier before another weekend system arrives with more rain.

    A low pressure area broke off from the main weekend weather maker, and is anchored in Southeast Montana. That will continue to produce rain showers Monday and a few afternoon or evening thunderstorms.

    High temperatures Monday will hit 65-75 across much of the area. Tuesday, expect sunshine and highs mainly in the 70s.

    Wednesday is looking like the warmest day of the week, with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. But by sometime late Thursday, a pretty substantial cool down arrives.

    Highs by Friday will be mainly in the 50s with more rain, isolated thunderstorms, and potential for snow in the mountains and the higher elevation communities.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday…Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and the possibility of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. High of about.71.

    Monday night…Isolated evening showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear overnight, with a low around 46.

    Tuesday….Sunny with a light southwest breeze. Near 79 for a high.

  • Widespread rain showers and mountain snow for the next couple of days.

    A slow-moving weather system will bring rain and mountain snow through Sunday morning. Temperatures will be mainly in the 40s to around 50 for highs Friday afternoon in the lower elevations with clouds and intermittent rain showers.

    The mountains could see some heavy snowfall, with elevations above 8000 feet seeing accumulations of 8 to 16 inches. 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible in the mountain foothills, and some slushy roadways could also develop with some snow accumulation around Red Lodge.

    For Billings and areas in Southeast Montana, the best chances for rain will be Friday night through Saturday morning. Showers could linger Saturday evening with a few morning showers Sunday.

    The trend is toward warmer and drier conditions returning early next week.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Cloudy with showers likely, especially in the afternoon. High near 50. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph.

    Friday night… Showers during the evening turning to a more steady rain overnight. Low around 41.

    Saturday… Rain, with a high of about 49.

  • Cool temperatures, rain and mountain snow are headed our way.

    Showers and thunderstorms will increase by Thursday afternoon and evening, with cooler temperatures and a pretty significant amount of moisture for Friday and Saturday will move across the area.

    The mountains could see heavy snow, with a few inches into the mountain foothills. Lower elevation rain, including Billings, could be in the order of a half-inch to over an inch total through Saturday.

    In the short-term, expect another day with above average temperatures. Highs will be in the upper 60s to mid 70s, with Billings on the high end of that scale.

    Clouds increase Wednesday afternoon, bringing scattered area showers and thunderstorms especially from Billings to the West and North this evening.

    Highs will be in the 60s to low 70s Thursday with increasing area showers and thunderstorms. By Friday and Saturday, highs will be in the 40s and 50s with area rain that could be heavy at times.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Partly sunny with a high around 74. East wind 5 to 15 mph. Isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

    Wednesday night… A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Otherwise, mostly cloudy with a low near 51.

    Thursday… Mostly cloudy with an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. About 69 for the high temperature.

  • Conditions will get wetter and cooler as the week goes on.

    High temperatures return to the 70s Tuesday, with a mix of sunshine and a few clouds early. Isolated storms will develop during the afternoon and evening, with the best chance of showers and thunderstorms favoring areas East of Billings.

    Wednesday morning will start off in the upper 40s to low 50s, and end up mainly in the mid-to-lower 70s. Expect sunshine in the morning with an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms by Wednesday evening.

    By Thursday, temperatures will slip to the 60s and the chance of showers increases. A mix of clouds and sun and off-and-on showers highlight Thursday with isolated evening thunderstorms.

    Friday will be the coolest day, with the highs mainly in the 50s. Rain showers will persist through the day.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday…Mostly sunny with a high near 78. West wind 5-15 mph. Isolated afternoon storms.

    Tuesday night…Low of around 51. Partly cloudy with a variable breeze.

    Wednesday…Mostly sunny and about 75 for a high. Clouds and the chance of showers increases by the evening.