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Q2 Weather: Kind of a quiet weather pattern for a Friday

Posted at 2:34 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 16:34:31-04

We find ourselves in a quiet weather pattern as we finish out the work week Friday.

In the early afternoon, the sky in Billings was a little hazy with smoke or just stagnant air, but it is starting to warm up getting into the low to mid 80s at 2 p.m.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued from Bozeman up to Canada for critical fire weather conditions. It can be hot, windy and dry there today which will cause erratic fire behavior.

Plus there is a Lake Wind Advisory on the Fort Peck Reservoir for 30 mph winds.

Our thunderstorm outlook for today shows only isolated showers up around Glasgow area.

The current Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows dry skies from one side of Montana to the other.

But our high resolution computer model does show a minor shortwave disturbance tracking up around the Glasgow area by 6 p.m.

Back here in Billings it’s just going to be kind of a quiet day.

It is a warm front that’s sweeping across eastern Montana on Friday that will warm things up for us.

That warm front is attached to a cold front which will move into western Montana tonight and track across Billings later Saturday afternoon.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Mostly clear and mild. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 63°.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot with a 20 percent chance of an afternoon thunderstorm. West winds 5 to 15 mph in the morning becoming northeast 15 to 25 miles on the afternoon. High 93 degrees.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and not as warm. North winds 5 to 15 mph. High 84 degrees.