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Q2 Weather: Getting close to another rainy record in Billings

Posted at 3:15 PM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 17:15:11-04

BILLINGS – It is another rainy day here the Billings area, making it eight days in a row and three shy of the area record of 11 consecutive rainy days.

Our current temperatures are already warming into the mid-70s at 2 p.m. Friday

Our thunderstorm outlook shows isolated showers for most of Montana, but we do see a marginal risk of severe storms for the extreme eastern edge of the state today.

So far the threat board shows only flooding along the Musselshell River, from Harlowton to Roundup, the Yellowstone River at Miles City and the Sun and Teton rivers by Great Falls.

The weather story today shows up on the Doppler radar and satellite imagery.

 An upper level low pressure cell spinning in the southeastern Montana has produced heavy showers and thunderstorms there and a Small Stream And Flood Advisory for Yellowstone and Musselshell County’s until 5:15 p.m.

The low pressure cell is drawing rain into it and giving Yellowstone County a northwesterly flow in the process. Caught up in this flow are several little showers.

The high resolution forecast model shows the showers will stick around through Friday night and then a new batch of rain moves in by early Saturday afternoon.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the early evening. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 55 degrees.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 75 degrees.

Sunday: Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 15 mph the morning becoming northerly 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon high 75 degrees.