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Q2 Weather: A kinder and gentler day in weather for Billings

Posted at 3:06 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 17:06:15-04

BILLINGS – The weather is a little kinder and gentler today in Billings. we have mostly sunny skies and a lot of green grass, thanks to the recent heavy rain.

Even the temperatures in Billings is in the mid-to upper 70s Tuesday afternoon.

Our thunderstorm outlook for today shows just isolated showers in south-central Montana but a marginal risk of severe storms across North Dakota into northeastern Montana.

The Doppler radar shows a few strong storms moving into Sheridan County in extreme northeast Montana.

There are a few strong cells in south-central Montana but they are moving away from Billings being drawn into a low pressure cell over the Black Hills of South Dakota.

On the threat board the only thing working right now is flooding issues.

The big headline here is that the Yellowstone River at Billings is no longer in flood warning, it is in Miles City.

The Tongue River at Birney, The Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River at Edgar, The Yellowstone River at Livingston and the Musselshell River at Shawmut and Lavina are all in flood warning today.

Our high resolution forecast model shows that low pressure cell over the South Dakota Black Hills is pulling most of the air out of the state along with the showers and wrapping it around that Low.

So it looks like the next chance of rain Billings is going to be on Wednesday night as a new cold front moves through the region bringing heavy rain with it.

In the meantime, our temperatures will continue to stay into the 70s to low 80s for highs then roll back to the 50s at night for lows.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Partly cloudy dry and mild. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 53 degrees.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and warmer. South winds 5 to 15 mph with a 30 percent chance for thunderstorms Wednesday evening. High 81 degrees.

Thursday: Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 10 mph. High 77 degrees.