Q2 Weather: Finally a breath of fresh air

Posted at 2:35 PM, Aug 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-21 16:35:14-04

BILLINGS- It has been kind of a cloudy, foggy, rainy type of day in Billings.

Once again the temperatures remain rather cool only in the low 50s in the early afternoon.

Other temperatures around the state remain cool in south-central and southwestern Montana, only in the 50s.

Up along the Hi-Line we are little bit warmer because the sun is out and temps are getting into the 70s.

That’s what the Doppler radar and satellite imagery are showing so far. We do have low-hanging clouds from Missoula all the way to Broadus.

We’ve even had some cooler rain across south-central and southeastern Montana. Rainfall amounts have been fairly light, mostly under one-tenth of an inch.

But look what the rain has done so far today: it has washed away some of the smoke in southern Montana.

We may get more smoke later on from the southwest and from the north, but in the meantime we have a breath of fresh air to enjoy.

The rain has even washed away some of the air-quality problems in southwestern Montana, now only Lincoln and Flathead counties have air quality warnings due to ash and high particulates.

In fact, our forecast model shows those cloudy skies and showers will probably stay with us until about 6 p.m. and then they will start to fade away.

A new batch of rain will move into Cody and northwestern Wyoming about 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and then track due East right across to Sheridan, bypassing Billings.


TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and continued cool. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening becoming westerly overnight. Low 52°.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and much warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 82°.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny with a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the morning. West winds 15 to 25 mph. High 85°.