BILLIINGS – It’s the first day of a long weekend and the predictions will be interesting during this Labor Day party.
In Billings we currently have mostly sunny skies, light smoke in the air and 83 degrees, with a 7 mph southwest wind.
In the rest of the state, our temperatures are mostly in the 70s and 80s on early Friday afternoon, but smoking still seems to be a problem in much of south-central and southeastern Montana.
Fires in the local area continue to pump some smoke into our region and send it to the Northern and Central Plains states.
We still have a file Red flag alert for much of Montana for this weekend. The only thing that is different is when it expires.
In western Montana, it expires at 10pm on Saturdays in the Northeast and midnight on Saturdays. In the Southeast, it expires at midnight on Sunday.
We also have a file Air quality notice until 4pm for the southeast corner of the state. Their air quality is unhealthy.
Also, we have a Winter storm clock for the western front of the Rocky Mountains. We can expect to see 2 to 4 inches of snow with a maximum of 6 inches above the 7,000 foot level.
But as for Friday, we’re looking at generally dry skies across Montana and the Pacific Northwest. The high resolution forecasting model says the same thing from Friday to Saturday.
However, on Sunday a new cold front descends from Canada, bringing colder temperatures, rain and possibly snow before Monday evening arrives.
In Billings it will be rain mixed with snow.
However, on Friday night it will be 87 degrees at 17:30, 60 degrees in the morning and again up to 93 at 13:30 on Saturday.
We’ll hit 100 degrees on Saturday, then cool down to 50 by Monday, go up to 53 on Tuesday, and eventually work up to 74 degrees by Thursday next week.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear with smoke areas and mild. Eastern winds from 5 to 10 mph in the evening moving northwest during the night. Low 58 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and very hot. Winds west of 10 to 20 mph. High 100 °. The day’s record is 95 degrees.
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and less hot. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. 84 degrees high.