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Q2 Weather: A brief break in the rain in Billings, with more possible tonight

Posted at 2:23 PM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 16:23:56-04

BILLINGS – Finally we get a little break from all the rain here in the Billings area on Tuesday, but not before we measured 2.2 inches of rain over the last four days.

At 2 p.m., the temperature Billings was already into the upper 60s and expected to go a little higher before another batch of rain moves in later this afternoon.

Our thunderstorm outlook for today shows only isolated showers across most of Montana with the marginal risk of severe storms around the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The threat board continues to show a Flood Watch for the rest of the afternoon for most of Western Montana for small streams and creeks.

Some of those small streams and rivers are in Flood Warning between Great Falls and Helena.

The Musselshell River from Harlowton all the way to Lavina is in Flood Warning today

The Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone, at Edgar, is also in Flood Warning and is expected to recede on Thursday.

The Doppler radar shows you the main story for all the rainfall. It continues to rotate around one small point and that is just south of Great Falls.

That small point is an upper level low pressure cell that is expected to move southeast and eventually fill in by Wednesday morning taking most of the rain with it.

Our temperatures will continue to stay mostly into the 50s and 60s for the next 24 hours.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 60 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the early evening, then a chance of additional rain overnight. Locally heavy rain is possible. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 52 degrees.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for rain showers in the afternoon. North winds 5 to 10 mph. High 70 degrees.

Thursday: Sunny and warmer. South winds 5 to 10 mph. High 81 degrees.