Q2 Weather: Cloudy, cool and rainy until mid Saturday afternoon in Billings

Posted at 2:27 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 16:27:04-04

BILLINGS – Unlike earlier this week, it is cloudy, it is cold, and a lot of rain fell in Billings overnight.

In fact, so much rain fell in Billings, it’s the headline for the day. At the airport, 1.07 inches was recorded, the most rainfall in one day in 2018.

Additional showers in Montana today are going to be isolated rain showers. The big stuff will remain in northeastern Wyoming.

That is where we have a marginal risk of severe storms, as indicated by the Storm Prediction Center.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery is full of rain and cloudy skies for Montana, but most are not severe storms, just heavy rain.

In fact, the surface low south of Glasgow is drawing more rain into it across the Glasgow area and pulling the rain we had in Billings toward it.

Flooding issues remain pretty much the same. The Musselshell River at Shawmut is still out of its banks, and numerous creeks and rivers are at bank full from Glacier National Park to Meagher County.

Our forecast models show the heavy rain around northeastern Montana will fade away as the day goes on.

However, Billings can expect wave after wave of rainfall to move in from the southeast Friday night through Saturday morning.

Temperatures will remain rather cool until Sunday afternoon.


Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 60 percent chance of showers likely in the evening and then again overnight. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 42 degrees.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for morning showers. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. High 57 degrees.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and warmer. East winds 5 to 10 mph. High 71 degrees.