Apr 3, 2012 6:11 PM by Meteorologist Mike Rawlins (KXLH)
Clear skies and warm temperatures will be replaced by rain/snow and colder air later this week.
But, not before another warm day with highs in the 60s.
Clouds will begin increasing on Wednesday as a deep upper-level trough pushes into the Western U.S.
Late Wednesday, a cold front will sweep through the state, kicking off a few rain showers and possibly a spot thunderstorm.
Colder air rushes in behind the front, and it'll be a chilly reminder that it's only April.
High temperatures will only reach the 40s for the end of the work week with lots of clouds and scattered rain and snow showers.
It appears the best chance for precipitation will come in on Friday as a surface low pushes into eastern Montana.
A few inches of snowfall look probable at the lower elevations, with up to a foot in the mountains.
Late in the weekend, our storm system will pull away, allowing another ridge of high pressure to build in.
This ridge will warm us into the 50s & 60s again for early next week.
-Meteorologist Mike Rawlins