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Q2 Weather Update: Chasing Winter Records

Posted at 2:14 PM, Apr 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-07 16:14:45-04

Saturday Afternoon Update:

So close! After the final measurements from yesterday the city of Billings is officially less than one inch away from the all time record for winter snowfall. Now I do not know about you, but I would like to hit the record just to say we did it and then have it immediately be springtime. Sound good?

Well the weather might just comply with those demands. We have more active weather coming our way tonight. Across the northern portion of the state there are winter weather advisories up that start going into effect by 3 this afternoon. The far northeastern portion of the state stands to get the most snowfall with 3-5” quite likely.

For us here in Billings chances of accumulating snow are a little bit blurrier. We will likely get a rain snow mix with a good chance for some freezing rain. I think this mix of precipitation likely holds us under the accumulation record for tonight.

However that does not mean that travel conditions will not be wintry and hazardous here in Billings. Be prepared for heavy wet snow and slushy roads. This is especially true for those planning to be out an about Sunday morning as overnight temperatures will dip below freezing, allowing things to get slippery.

If we are to get some snowfall it will likely be later in the night after temperatures cool.

Now on to the springtime portion of the equation. A ridge of high pressure is expected to push into the area over the course of the next day or so. This will allow temperatures to rebound to about seasonal. This means we likely see a little bit of spring in the early portions of next week. Highs are currently forecasted to be above 50 degrees for Sunday and Monday and approaching 60 on Tuesday.