Q2 Weather: Over an inch of rain and more still to come

Posted at 3:03 PM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 17:03:18-04

It certainly has been a very wet and rainy Memorial Day in the city of Billings and south-central Montana.

The temperature is only into the upper 50s with light rain continuing to fall in the early afternoon.

Around noon to 1 p.m., heavy rain fell in the Billings area creating more of a swimming pool than a low water crossing at the fifth Street overpass.

Since midnight, Billings has measured 1.02 inches of rainfall, most of that between noon and 1 PM.

The Thunderstorm Outlook shows there is a marginal risk of severe thunderstorms in southeastern Montana, everywhere else we expect just isolated showers.

Flood watches and flood warning still remain across much of south-central Montana.

The Yellowstone River in Billings still in a flood warning. The Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone remains in flood warning. The Yellowstone River at Livingston remains in a flood warning.

The National Weather Service has canceled the flood warning for the Stillwater River near Absarokee and the Shields River near Livingston.

Meanwhile, the Musselshell River at Shawmut and Lavina remain out of their banks and in a flood warning.

The Doppler radar shows you a big batch of rain moving to south-central Montana that’s a storm that dumped all the heavy rain over Billings at noon time.

For now the heaviest thundershowers are heading towards Red Lodge and do contain a history of small hail and torrential rains.

It’s all being caused by a huge upper level low pressure cell in southeastern Montana spinning heavy rain around it and into Billings.

Later tonight that low pressure cell will take off to the north, taking all the rain along with it.

Tuesday morning looks like the sun will come out and temperatures will begin the warm back up again.


Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for isolated evening thunderstorms. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 53°.

Tuesday: Partly sunny with a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. High 75°.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny dry and warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph high 81°.