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Q2 Weather: Copious amounts of rain and snow are coming to wash the smoke away

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BILLINGS - It was hard not to notice the smoke in Billings Wednesday morning.

In fact, the smoke is so bad and thick in Billings that it’s actually unhealthy to breathe.

Not only in Billings, but an Air Quality Alert covers the entire state of Montana.

Plus, we also have a Red Flag Warning, which remains in effect from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday for the southwest corner the state.

There, critical fire conditions will exist that could cause more wildfires to break out or fan the flames of those that are already burning.

Those critical fire conditions are wind and dry air. Gusty winds are expected to move into Southwest Montana while the relative humidity is extremely low.

Then if that wasn’t enough, cold air from Canada is forecast to drop into Montana about the same time copious amounts of moisture is due to arrive.

Because of this, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of the front range of the mountains all the way down to the southwest corner the state.

This begins on Thursday at 6 p.m. and goes through Saturday at noon time.

We are expecting to see 1 to 3 inches of snow it past level and 6 to 10 inches of snow above the past level.

Then all off south-central Montana is expected to get large amounts of rainfall on Thursday through Saturday.

Most places will see over an inch of rain and the North American computer model shows Billings receiving one and three-quarter inches of rain.

Now here’s the best news: all this rain and snow should escort all the smoke out of the region on Thursday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for evening showers and thunderstorms. Then more rain expected overnight. East winds 5 to 15 mph in the evening becoming northerly overnight. Low 53 degrees.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a 70 percent chance for rain in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon and much cooler. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. High 60 degrees.

Friday: Mostly cloudy and rainy. Chance of rain 90%. North winds 10 to 20 mph. High 47°.

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