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Q2 Weather: We've made it through the storm, so what's next?

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BILLINGS -

The rain has stopped and now the skies are starting to show a few sun breaks in the cloud cover in Billings.

The temperatures are to remain cool throughout most of south central Montana on Thursday only getting into the low 50s

The upper level low pressure cell that caused Wednesday's storm has now moved all the way down to southern Wyoming and is just a little too far out of the reach of Billings.

Wyoming is still getting pummeled with heavy rain and snowfall, but for the most part this event is over for the state of Montana.

That being said, some of the rainfall amounts have been impressive.

In Billings we measured 1.02 inches of rain at the airport. Snowfall in the Beartooth Mountains has been equally impressive.

An automated measuring device about 14 miles west of Nye measured 31 inches of snow.

Five miles west of Red Lodge reported 17 inches of snow in Carbon County.

Thanks to all the rain and snow, the next problem we face will be localized flooding.

The Billings National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for small streams and rivers due to the heavy rain and rapid snow melt through Saturday morning.

Many of the small streams and rivers are approaching bank full levels and there is still more water to come down the watershed toward the rivers, creeks and streams.

The only thing in our favor will be cooler temperatures preventing the snow from melting too fast over the next two days.

Here in Billings the temperatures will stay into the 50s and only get into the 30s and 40s up in the mountains.

However, the weather is getting dryer for the rest of Thursday and into most of Friday.

There is only a slight chance of rain that creeps into the forecast for Saturday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with patchy fog overnight and dry. East winds 5 to 10 mph becoming westerly overnight. Low 37°.

Friday: Mostly sunny with patchy fog in the morning and still cool. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph the morning becoming easterly in the afternoon. High 58°.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and warmer with only a 20 percent chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph the morning becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. High 65°.

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