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Q2 Weather: No snow on the plains but heavy snow in the Montana mountains

Posted at 3:54 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 17:54:26-04

BILLINGS – It was one week ago when the ground in Billings was white, covered with 2 ½ inches of snow.

This Monday, that color has changed to green, as the snow has melted and the rain from this weekend has started to green up the dormant grasses.

Billings measured .13 inches of rain Sunday.

The temperatures in the afternoon continue to remain mostly to the 40s and low 50s around the state.

Plus there is a Winter Storm Warning  for the Beartooth, Absaroka, and Bighorn mountains in effect until noon Tuesday.

Snowfall amounts there could range anywhere from 7 to 14 inches of snow.

Plus we have a Flood Advisory for Lewis and Clark, Powell, Broadwater and Meagher counties.

And not to be outdone, we have a Flood Warning for the Milk River of northern Montana. There at Glasgow, the Milk River is 5 feet above flood stage.

The Doppler radar shows a line of rain and snow showers moving from Wyoming into south-central Montana tonight.

It is all part of an upper level low pressure cell that’s tracking out of Eastern Idaho into Western Wyoming and slinging rain and snowfall up into southern Montana.

Due to a northerly wind being drawn into the Low pressure cell most of the moisture is having a hard time getting past the Montana-Wyoming state line.

However, this low pressure cell will track into Eastern Wyoming by 7 a.m. Tuesday.

This will give us a different wind direction and start slinging the moisture all the way up into Yellowstone County and much of southeastern Montana.

This cooler unstable weather pattern will stick around at least until Wednesday, on Thursday and Friday the sun will come out and the temps will return back to the 70s.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and rain likely in the evening and again overnight. North winds 5 to 15 mph chance of rain is 70%. Low 37 degrees.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for snow mixing with rain in the morning. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 56 degrees.

Wednesday: Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance for rain in the morning and again in the afternoon but warmer. North winds 5 to 15 mph. High 61 degrees.