Billings residents saw the first measurable snowfall of the season Wednesday, with about 3 inches near the airport. 

About 1.7 inches of snow was recorded by 6 p.m. on the West End, said Wright Dobbs, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Billings.

Warm roads prevented snow from sticking Wednesday, but a dip in temperatures overnight into the mid 20s could produce some frozen, icy patches on streets Thursday morning, Dobbs said. 

"Take a few extra minutes in the morning when you're going to work," Dobbs said. "There's no reason to speed." 

The storm began shifting to the south Wednesday evening, but scattered flurries could continue into Thursday, Dobbs said.

Temperatures could climb to 32 Thursday afternoon. A strong cold front expected to move in overnight Friday could bring more snow. Forecast models show totals ranging from 2 inches to 4 inches Saturday, with more snow likely in the foothills, mountains and higher elevations, Dobbs said.