Scattered clouds form this afternoon and temperatures rise well above normal and reach the lower 80s and upper 70s.
A drier and more stable atmosphere will limit precipitation across the local area. Southwest Montana along with areas closer towards the divide will see mostly cloudy to cloudy skies today, northwest Montana will see a bit more sunshine today with partly sunny skies overhead. expect breezy conditions once again today with gusts around 20-25 miles per hour this afternoon.
The best chance of bands of rain and snow developing Wednesday through Wednesday night will be from around Harlow and Judith Gap, east to around Hysham extending south to Sheridan and west through the Beartooth/Absaroka foothills. Some light snow is possible Thursday night as a weak wave of energy scoots through the region. The day will begin warm and muggy with clouds and some sunny breaks, but by afternoon widespread rain will be moving into the area. The threat of heavy rain is over, but the light rain that's fallen all afternoon has continued this evening. Tomorrow will be ideal, too; sunshine will warm us into the 77-84 degree range across the area, with only a tiny (10%) chance of a quick shower late tomorrow.
A toasty high pressure system will deliver a robust warm-up for Wednesday and Thursday. Following the front, a dry and slightly cooler Easter weekend appears likely.
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Given the clouds and less cold southeasterly breeze, expect a less cold night with lows likely remaining in the low to mid 30s. It's the warmest morning we've had all month and that will give us a leg up for the warmest afternoon in over a month.
Heavier rain will move in Thursday.
The clouds did not clear out as fast as we were hoping Tuesday and that kept temperatures cooler. Highs for this weekend, look to be in the upper 30's to low 40's. Forecast models are trending colder for Easter Sunday, keeping us in the 30s to lower 40s and bringing in a chance of rain and snow showers.
We had a large snow event over the weekend and all of that snow melt has saturated the ground so much of this rain will have nowhere to go.
Have a good day and a great week!