Q2 Weather: Stormy afternoon in the Big Sky

Posted at 2:56 PM, Apr 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-29 16:56:01-04

It will be an active weather afternoon for much of the state here today. Say what you will about Montana weather, but it is rarely boring. Straight from our first 80 degree day of the season yesterday into a thunderstorm day and then more interesting weather coming our way tomorrow.

For today the conditions are right to support the development of moderate thunderstorms. The area in question is the Eastern half of the state stretching from Billings to Miles City and then pushing Northeast later into the evening.

As of right now it looks the Miles City area to the Dakotas borders is the area most likely to see well developed storms.

Here in Billings I think it is likely that we get some stormy  weather over the course of the afternoon and early evening.

The storms push into the Miles city area around 6 o’clock.

Gusty winds in the 40 to 60 mile an hour range will likely accompany these storms. Other concerns are small hail and frequent lightning.

If you have plans this afternoon to be outside be wary of the incoming weather and keep your ears and eyes to the sky.

For tomorrow the unsettled conditions will stick around and bring persistent precipitation to the southern border area into Wyoming. This event will bring some notable snowfall to mountain regions and rain to the lower lying areas with 4500 feet likely being the snow/rain boundary.

Tomorrow will be the coolest day of the week with high temperatures around the 50 degree mark.