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Q2 Weather: Cooler with a few instability showers in Billings

Posted at 2:14 PM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 16:14:15-04

A few cloudy skies and some instability showers are moving to the Billings area around 2 p.m. this Tuesday afternoon.

Thanks to the cold front that moved through last night, the temperatures are fairly comfortable, almost room temperature, in Billings at 70 degrees.

Here in the early afternoon the only issue we are dealing with is a Flood Warning on the Yellowstone River, but that’s not flooding right now.

It is forecast to go above flood stage on Wednesday and the Jefferson River near Three Forks is currently experiencing moderate flooding.

Our thunderstorm outlook for Tuesday does show isolated showers north of Interstate 94 today and it has a marginal risk of severe storms south of Interstate 94 all the way into the Dakotas.

In addition, in southeastern Montana, we have an increased risk of severe storms there. This means severe thunderstorms are more likely to develop there later this evening.

At 2 p.m. the Doppler radar was showing just a few widely scattered sprinkles moving across the central part of Yellowstone County.

Those showers seem to be tracking right along Interstate 94 all the way up to Miles City.

This is just some instability showers that are left over from yesterday’s cold front passage. 

Our forecast model shows that these instability showers are expected to continue throughout the rest of the afternoon.

They will probably get a little bit stronger the closer they get to southeastern Montana. That is where we have increased lift in the atmosphere.

We see another shortwave disturbance moving into south-central Montana on Wednesday night.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance for some evening showers and thunderstorms. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 53°.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and a little but warmer. East winds 5 to 15 mph. High 82°.

Thursday: Partly sunny with a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 15 mph in the morning becoming southeasterly 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. High 83°.