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Q2 Weather: A weekend for warm temps has arrived

Posted at 2:43 PM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 16:43:04-04

High pressure means high temperatures and that’s what’s in control of your forecast for the next 48 hours.

The temperature in Billings has already made its way into this upper 60s and low 70s, and the same is true around the rest of the state at 2 p.m. this Friday afternoon.

There is hardly a cloud in the sky anywhere from one side of the state to the other in Montana.

Of course, all the warm weather is adding to our flooding woes along the high line.

While the Milk River is going down, it is still about 4 feet out of its banks with numerous roads flooded and small streams running high.

Our next storm is a low pressure cell off the Oregon coast and it continues to sit and spin and produce rain from northern California to southern Washington.

Our computer models show that rainfall will eventually start making its way into Montana sometime late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.

We are expecting to see those showers continue off and on Sunday through Tuesday.

With all that being said, we are forecasting, for the first time this year, a high temperature in the 80s on Saturday in Billings.

The last time Billings saw the 80s was September 13th of last year, 8 months ago.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Mostly clear and mild. Northeast winds 5 to 15 miles per hour. Low 45 degrees.

Saturday: Sunny and much warmer. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. High 81 degrees.

Sunday: Turning cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the morning then a 60 percent chance for thunderstorms likely in the afternoon and cooler. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 71 degrees.