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Q2 Weather: A few showers and smoke are moving into the Billings region

Posted at 3:37 PM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 17:37:28-04

BILLINGS- Partly cloudy skies and temperatures slowly warming their way up through the 80s and into the 90s is the story in Billings story Wednesday. Yes, the smoke continues to drift across the state.

Not only that but we have a Red Flag Warning that starts in the southwest and wraps itself around all the way up toward Glasgow.

Billings is not involved in any of the Red Flag Warnings, but those that are could see erratic fire growth of showers and thunderstorms moving to the area.

Our thunderstorm outlook for Wednesday shows isolated showers streaming up from Wyoming and Idaho and into parts of Montana today.

But in the early afternoon only a few scattered showers are streaming into the southwest corner of the state and tracking along the state line with Wyoming.

The reason for this is clear because the big ridge of high pressure that’s been over us is starting to flatten out and right now it’s tracking right along the state line with Wyoming.

The computer models show the showers and thunderstorms will continue along that same track throughout the rest of Wednesday and possibly even into Thursday.

However, at 6 p.m. Thursday,  a fresh batch of moisture could make its way into south-central Montana and maybe even into Billings. At this time, these storms do not look severe.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for thunderstorms in the evening. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 63 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and hot with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 93 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and continued warm with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 10 mph. High 90 degrees.