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Q2 Weather: Welcome to the warm before the storm today in Billings

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BILLINGS -  All the mid-to upper levels of the Beartooth Mountains contain heavy snow.

However, down here in the valley in Billings, it is a simply beautiful day at 77 degrees at 2 p.m.

Our thunderstorm outlook for today does show the threat of isolated showers and a possible stray thunderstorm across the state. However, we are not expecting anything severe.

Tthe Doppler radar and satellite imagery does show a low pressure cell in Idaho slinging moisture into Western Wyoming and Montana.

One bit of good news in the flooding department: the Musselshell River at Lavina has gone back down in its banks.

The Musselshell River at Shawmut is still about a foot above flood stage.

A new flood watch exists from Glacier Park all the way down to Meagher County. All rivers and streams are expected to rise due to heavy rain and snow melt.

The flood warning continues for Lewis and Clark County for the same reason.

The same thing is true up in the northwest corner of the state. Additional heavy rain will cause the rivers and creeks to go out of their banks over the next 24 hours.

The forecast model shows a low pressure cell continuing to produce scattered rain showers across much of Western Montana, and a stray shower may make its way into Yellowstone County about 5:30 or 6 p.m.

Thursday will probably have a repeat performance of that with more showers and thunderstorms moving into south-central Montana by 6 p.m.

Our temperatures will stay warm today but cool down little bit on Thursday and drastically cool down on Friday.


Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for evening showers, then a slight chance for more rain overnight. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 53 degrees.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and not quite as warm. Look for slight chance for rain in the morning and a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph becoming northerly 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. High 79 degrees.

Friday: Mostly cloudy and much cooler with a 60 percent chance of showers. North winds 5 to 15 mph. High 55 degrees.

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