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Q2 Weather Update: Saturday Night Storm

Posted at 8:46 PM, Apr 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-07 22:46:51-04

Saturday Night Update

Things are shaping up to be quite wintry again tonight for much of the state of Montana. The system we have been monitoring is moving across the state and is carrying with it a lot of Pacific moisture. This in turn is creating very wet conditions across most of the state.

There was rain across much of the western half of the state earlier in the day and that is changing into snow and freezing rain as the system pushes to the east into cooler air.

Billings has avoided most of the system to this point but I do not think that will continue to be the case. We will likely see periods of rain and snow during the overnight hours.

Given the near freezing conditions and mixed nature of the precipitation I think it will be very unlikely that we see accumulation tonight that could bump us up to the snowiest winter on record.

That being said, there is a good chance that things area little slippery for the morning commute. This is especially true for areas to the north and east of Billings where heavier snowfall and more hazardous conditions are present.

Billings is headed down to a temperature of right around 30 degrees tonight as warmer air pushes into the area. Tomorrow afternoon temperatures will rebound to near seasonal levels, right around 50 degrees. There is more active weather slated to move into the region tomorrow which will bring some afternoon and evening showers with the chance of some snow overnight.

The rest of the week seems to give us a glimmer of hope that spring is finally here. We will likely have very nice days on Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs approaching 60, before some more unsettled conditions cloud the forecast for the weekend.