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Q2 Weather: A taste of spring in Billings the next 48 hours

Posted at 2:34 PM, Apr 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-09 16:34:12-04

BILLINGS – There’s just enough sunshine and warmer temperatures to give a little taste of spring fever in Billings.

However, don’t get used to it, because we have another big storm brewing in the Pacific that could bring some significant snow to Eastern Montana.

It is a little too early right now to tell you how much snow we can get, but it could be over several inches for southeastern Montana and parts of south-central Montana.

In any event, all we need to have the snowiest winter on record is ½ inch of snow and the winter of 2017-18 will become the holder of the snowiest winter on record.

At the moment the only threat we have on the threat board is some minor flooding along Beaver Creek in Phillips County due to snow melt and ice jams.

A northwest flow is currently streaming over Montana today and caught up in that flow are several minor little weather disturbances, some containing rain and some snow.

However, a big upper level low pressure cell is in the Gulf of Alaska is forecast to track into Montana and the central plains by the time Thursday and Friday get here.

This event will contain several inches of snow for southeastern and south-central Montana including the city of Billings.

How much snow for Billings is unknown at this time, but we do believe we will see significant snowfall in the area especially east of Billings.

In the meantime, the computer models are showing generally dry skies, albeit with a few clouds for Billings through Tuesday.

Our temperatures are expected to climb into the 50s to low 60s for the next two days.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Partly cloudy and dry. West winds 5 to 15 mph low 33 degrees.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and warmer. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 62 degrees.

Wednesday: Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance for rain in the morning and still mild. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 55 degrees.