Hazardous Weather Outlook
Temperatures will continue to rise before peaking near 90 on Thursday, but cooler temperatures are expected over the weekend in Billings.
Billings residents who woke up to light rain and chilly temperatures Wednesday morning will probably see that precipitation turn to snow on Thursday.
Billings residents could wake up to a light snowfall Thursday morning, but the cold weather isn't expected to stay.
Fall weather has made its way to the Yellowstone Valley, but a cold snap Tuesday night could give Billings residents an early taste of winter.
An unusual August storm, which has dropped between 1 and 3 inches of rain in Yellowstone County, continues to drizzle in the Billings area but was expected to come to an end Sunday afternoon.
Only trace amounts of rain fell on Billings Monday, but the chance for precipitation will continue over the next few days.
A strong cold front moving across the Billings region Thursday should cool temperatures over the weekend, but will create favorable conditions for strong, isolated thunderstorms Thursday.
The threat of a possible thunderstorm Tuesday will quickly dry out, as temperatures jump 10 degrees Wednesday and Thursday pushing highs near 100 degrees.
Temperatures will be slightly cooler in the Magic City Friday, but moist air from the west coast could create the potential for severe thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Not enough water fell at the Billings Logan International Airport Wednesday night to bring rainfall totals back to average, but chances are good that more rain could head toward Billings Friday.
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.
After warning of severe weather for the last few days, the National Weather Service finally expects the systems to arrive Wednesday afternoon in Billings.
Sunny and clear weather is expected in the Magic City Monday, but severe weather could appear in the region later this week.
Beartooth Pass from Vista Point on the Montana side to Long Lake on Wyoming side will remain closed on Wednesday due to extreme icy conditions, blowing and drifting and snow showers atop the pass, which are predicted until Thursday morning.
Rain or even snow could fall in Montana Tuesday as a strong, slow-moving weather system continues to deliver thunderstorms and precipitation to the Billings area.
People planning activities outside over the next few days may want to reschedule for later in the week, because rain or possibly snow could blanket the region until Wednesday night.
Mild weather is expected Sunday and Monday in Billings, but harsher weather is expected to arrive Monday night.
Billings residents looking for an opportunity to get outside have a great chance Thursday as cloudless skies and highs in the mid 70s make for near perfect weather, but it probably won't last long.
Billings residents should keep raincoats handy, because cloudy skies and showers or even thunderstorms are possible in Billings for most of the week.
River levels in Billings Thursday have stabilized since Wednesday and partly sunny skies with highs in the 70s will slow snow melt in higher altitudes, but an afternoon thunderstorm could add to runoff flowing into rivers.