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Q2 Weather: A fresh batch of rain arrives on Thursday in Billings

Posted at 3:39 PM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-20 17:39:09-04

BILLINGS – The upper level low that caused all the rain has finally filled in and started to fade away.

That means here Billings on Wednesday, it’s a little drier with partly cloudy skies and a few showers around the area.

Temperatures continue to remain fairly comfortable, still right at room temperature, around 71 degrees in the early afternoon.

The thunderstorm outlook for Wednesday suggests isolated showers across Montana and northern Wyoming.

Most of the bigger storms continue to be a little bit farther south down in the central plains states.

But the threat board is still filled with flooding problems, from flood watches in Carter County to major rivers starting to overflow their banks.

The Musselshell River at Roundup seems to be the one river that’s rising the fastest, jumping from 8.1 feet to over 10 feet on Thursday and 11 feet on Friday.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows just a few lingering rain showers across the Southeast corner the state, everywhere else most of the rain is drying up.

However, our high resolution forecast model does show a fresh batch of moisture moving in from the West and producing showers in south-central Montana at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Temperatures will continue to remain fairly comfortable for the next 24 hours, ranging from the low 50s to the upper 70s.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Partly cloudy and dry. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 55 degrees.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and a little but warmer with a 30 percent chance for afternoon thunderstorms. South winds 5 to 15 mph. High 81 degrees.

Friday: Mostly cloudy and cooler with a 60 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 74 degrees.