Ingredients for thunderstorms expected to reach Billings Wednesday got hung up over the mountains, but forecasters expect some severe weather to make it into the area Thursday.
"Today we're going to see some stuff. Matter of fact, we're going to have a shower within the next hour." said Brian Tesar, the lead meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Billings.
A strong upper level weather system moving over the Rockies and a band of lower atmospheric wind pulling up moist Gulf Coast air through the Midwest region will collide above the southeastern part of Montana, creating widespread storm activity, he said.
"Basically anywhere from Livingston eastward, is possible," Tesar said. "It's got a lot of moisture to work with when the weather system moves over us today and tonight."
To underline the potential for storms, the NWS has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for southeast Montana.
Thunderstorm activity will impact the entire region today, the warning said. Areas along and east of the line from Rygate to Billings and Pryor are especially vulnerable to periods of damaging winds, heavy rainfall and hail.
Keep an eye to weather service reports for the most current information.
Scattered thunderstorms will continue Thursday afternoon in Billings. The NWS predicts a 50 percent chance of precipitation. Skies will be partly sunny, and highs will reach 84.
Skies will be mostly cloudy Thursday night, as lows fall to 58. Winds 8 to 13 mph will be out of the west, and the chance of precipitation will be 40 percent.
A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms will continue Friday. Skies will be mostly cloudy and highs will reach 72. West northwest winds 7 to 10 mph are expected.
Lows will fall to 54 overnight, Friday. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms is expected, as is a 10 mph wind out of the west.