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Q2 Weather: Rain and cooler temps are right around the corner for Billings

Posted at 2:59 PM, Sep 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-18 17:06:31-04

BILLINGS- It is another terrific Tuesday here in Billings Tuesday afternoon. We have beautiful blue skies with plenty of sunshine and temps in the upper 60s so far.

Other current temps around the state are mainly in the 50s, 60s with a few 70s in Eastern Montana.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows a few scattered showers in southern Canada that seem to be moving away from Montana right now.

The southern branch of the jet stream is taking the showers that may want to come this way from Wyoming and whisk them into the Dakotas.

The high-resolution forecast model shows a cold front dropping down from southern Canada into northern Montana this Tuesday evening.

The cold front will continue to drop farther south into Billings after 6 p.m. Tuesday, bringing cooler temperatures and a change in the wind direction.

On Wednesday, the cooler air will continue to hang around southern Montana, but a fresh batch of moisture will overrun it and kick off some scattered showers across south-central Montana.

So even though Billings will get into the 70s later this afternoon, expect a slow slide into the 40s by Wednesday morning and early Wednesday afternoon.

The high temp on Wednesday will probably get into the mid-50s, but then we start warming back up into the 60s as we finish off the rest of the week and through the weekend.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and continued cool. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 46 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms, then a 70 percent chance for rain overnight. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. High 56 degrees.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance for morning showers. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 64 degrees.