Temperatures were in the 60s across Montana with lower 70s in the northeast.

The sky was partly cloudy and radar shows mostly mountain showers and splashes from the Missoula area to Red Lodge.

There is a slight chance of sprinkling and showers in the lower elevations of southwestern Montana.

Although the high pressure is bringing milder air to Montana with a continuing warming trend, a moist southwesterly flow is developing as it moves eastward.

This means clouds and an increasing risk of showers and thunderstorms throughout the weekend, with the best chances in the west and possibly central areas.

Eastern areas will then have a better chance of showers by the weekend.

Temperatures are finally returning to normal i.e. above the 60s and 70s.

Cooler again next week.

Warmer temperatures will melt the snowpack, so expect rivers and streams to rise.

By the weekend, the Bitterroot and Clark Fork rivers around Missoula will be near flood stage.

Lows tonight in the upper 30s below 40 in the northeast through the 40s to around 50 in the center and west.

Highs tomorrow in the 60s to descend into the 70s.

The highs will warm well into the 70s on Friday and over the weekend before dropping back into the 60s early next week.