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Q2 Weather: The next storm is already sending in the clouds to Billings

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BILLINGS - As advertised, those mostly cloudy skies are starting to make their way into the state Thursday, and the temperatures don’t seem to like it very much.

At 2 p.m., Thursday the temperature was only up to 28 degrees. On Wednesday, the temperature was in the low 40s.

This cloud cover is in advance of the next storm that’s moving into the Pacific Northwest.

Currently that storm is sending copious amounts of clouds and moisture into the jet stream which is taking it clear across Montana.

In the process of doing so, it is leaving a little bit of snow in Western Montana.

In fact, we have a Winter Weather Advisory for the front range of the Rockies by Kalispell and in the Bitterroot Range by Missoula.

Snowfall amounts will vary anywhere from 3 to 5 to 3 to 6 inches by Friday morning in the advisory area.

We also have a High Wind Warning for the Cody foothills. There, winds could gust up to 60 mph through Friday morning.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows those cloudy skies are rolling clear across the state. 

Underneath those clouds we do see several bands of snow from Havre all the way down to Miles City, and a little bit of snow in Southwest Montana tracking into Western Wyoming.

The computer model shows the northern branch of snow should stay away from Billings and the southern one will probably just drop back down and Wyoming.

This means we are expecting mostly cloudy skies in Billings for the rest of the day, and partly cloudy skies on Friday morning, but we could see some rain move into Billings by Friday afternoon.


Tonight: Mostly cloudy and not quite as cold. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 28 degrees.

Friday: Partly sunny and breezy with a 20 percent chance for rain in the afternoon. West winds 15 to 25 mph. High 46 degrees.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance for morning snow showers and continued mild. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 38 degrees.

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