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Q2 Weather: Out goes the fog, in comes more smoke and warmer temps in Billings

Posted at 2:23 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 00:44:10-04

BILLINGS – Most of the thick fog had lifted in the Yellowstone valley by 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

The sun is out and the temps are still kind of cool, mostly in the upper 60s in Billings.

Around the rest of Montana, temperatures are in the 50s and 60s to the southwest with 70s and 80s along the high line and northeast.

Billings was a little cooler Wednesday because of the morning fog, giving us a late start on the day’s warm up.

An upper-level low over Western Idaho is pumping in more smoke from the western wildfires across the rest of Montana today.

Not only that, but the Doppler radar shows the low is slinging a little moisture our way too.

Once the low crosses the Idaho state line, it is forecast to start producing showers and thunderstorms in south-central Montana.

We expect some showers to make it into Yellowstone County around 9:30 p.m.

After that, the low will track right along the state line with Wyoming and wind up in South Dakota by 6 p.m. Thursday, giving us mostly sunny skies again.

Our temps will be warming back up into the 70s and 80s for the rest of the week and through the weekend.

BILLINGS FORECAST

 TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 57 degrees.

 THIURSDAY: Mostly sunny with a 40 percent chance of morning thunderstorms then clearing skies later. West winds 15 to 25 mph. High 85 degrees.

 FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 88 degrees.