A winter storm warning that carries the prospects of 8 inches of snow for Billings and vicinity by tomorrow afternoon cranks up the forecast today.
According to the National Weather Service, clouds should start moving in as the day progresses, developing into a 30 percent chance of showers and thundershowers this afternoon. The high in Billings should reach about 55.
But tonight, as the temperature spirals toward a low of 31 degrees, the rain will turn to an 80 percent chance of snow, increasing Thursday to 100 percent. Snow could be heavy at times, especially Thursday morning.
About 8 inches is expected, but it could be heavier at various places around the region.
High tomorrow is forecast to reach only a chilly 37 degrees. Low Thursday night is expected to drop to 25 degrees.
Enjoy the morning while it's still reasonably clear. At 7 a.m., the temperature in Billings was 33 degrees with southeast winds at 6 mph. Winds are expected to switch to the east at 10 to 20 mph later today.
During the 24-hour period that ended at 6:30 this morning, Billings collected .03 inches of precipitation. Wolf Point recorded .09 inches; Glasgow and Jordan, .04 inches; and Livingston, .01 inches. Traces were reported at Baker, Bozeman, Miles City and Sheridan, Wyo.
Roads in the Billings region and throughout Southcentral and Central Montana were reported wet or slushy Wednesday morning.