Q2 Weather: More rain to start the work week

Posted at 3:03 PM, Jun 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-17 17:03:43-04

Rainfall is the story of the day for much of our region.

We began Sunday with a round of showers in the mid morning and its looking like Monday will follow suit.

A deep upper low pressure system over Oregon will push east and set up consistent upslope flow and, with the amount of moisture that has made its way into our region, this is a recipe for consistent rainfall.

Models are not entirely in agreement on rainfall totals but the potential for around an inch here in Billings and more than that in the areas to our west definitely exists.

There is currently a flood watch for the areas west of Billings as high rain totals could cause small rivers and streams to swell and impact rural roads and low lying areas.

The other potential hazard from this system is the impacts to the Beartooth Highway. Areas over 8,000 feet are looking at the potential for accumulating snowfall. Right now forecasts are for 3-6 inches. This will make for hazardous conditions and I would not be surprised to see some type of closure along the highway in the next day.

Well below seasonal temperatures will accompany the rain event with highs in the lower 60’s for Sunday and Monday. Things will gradually warm up over the course of the week.