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Q2 Weather: Billings’ unsettled weather pattern will linger into Wednesday

Posted at 2:29 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 16:29:14-04

BILLINGS – Our cool, wet and rainy weather pattern will continue for another day or two, then start to fade by the middle of Wednesday.

In the meantime, we can still see several minor showers developing out in Billings West End and the temperature remains rather chilly in the upper 40s to low 50s at 2 p.m.

But at least it’s not snowing in Billings. That’s what’s happening on top of Red Lodge Mountain.

The winter storm warning for the area’s mountain ranges expired at noon and has not been updated even though it is still snowing lightly up there.

The threat board still has a flood advisory for Lewis and Clark County and Meagher County. Rain and snow melt continue to cause small streams to swell and flooding in the Ringling area.

The Milk River by Glasgow is still out of its banks and has breached the reported stage of 30 feet deep. The flood stage is 25 feet.

The Doppler radar still shows a few lingering light rain showers and light snow flurries in south-central Montana.

Those are all part of the upper level low pressure cell in Eastern Wyoming that’s been slinging the moisture our way.

Just about the time that low pressure cell moves into the Dakotas, a new cold front will drop down from Great Falls and bring a chance for additional rain showers Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.

However, after that cold front passes in Wyoming, sunny skies should return to Billings and temperatures will begin the warm up for the weekend.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for some lingering showers. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 41 degrees.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance for showers in the morning. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 59 degrees.

Thursday: Sunny and much warmer. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 71 degrees.