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Q2 Weather: The warm up continues for Montana

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BILLINGS - Well, it may be a cloudy day, but at least it’s a lot warmer than it was on New Year’s Eve, when the temperatures dipped into the teens below zero.

At mid-afternoon the temperature had already made its way up to 32 degrees in Billings. We were just on the verge of seeing the other side of freezing.

But with warmer temperatures, the snow that remains on the street can become even slicker because it will be mixing with melted snow.

If you are going too fast, you could actually hydroplane on the water from the melted snow.

We still have a Winter Weather Advisory for another 1 to 3 inches of snow out in west-central Montana just south of Missoula and an Air Quality Alert around Helena.

A temperature inversion in that area has caused the smog to remain in the Helena Valley and is making it difficult to breathe for some smog-sensitive groups.

In south-central Montana a weak shortwave weather disturbance containing a bit of rain and snow is tracking to the west of Billings on its way into north-central Wyoming.

We do not expect very much out of the storm, but it is caught up in a northwesterly flow of air and will race in and out of south-central Montana fairly rapidly.

The Arctic air we had over last weekend continues to stay jammed up over in the Midwest, Great Lakes and the East Coast. It is their turn to have a taste of winter.

Our next storm is brewing off the coast of California and will take a couple of days to get to us as it moves up into Washington and Oregon and then turns the corner into Montana.

In the meantime this evening’s minor weather disturbance will be in and out of here by 6:30 p.m.

Our warming trend is set to continue through the rest of the week and into the weekend with temperatures getting into the 40s.


Tonight: Partly cloudy with occasional flurries early this evening and continued mild. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph low 19 degrees.

Thursday: Sunny and a little but warmer. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 35 degrees.

Friday: Partly sunny and warmer. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 40 degrees.

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