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Q2 Weather: Today is the warm before the storm in Billings

Posted at 2:27 PM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 16:27:35-04

BILLINGS- It is another beautiful day in our neighborhood with just a few high clouds rolling in from the west.

There is still plenty of sunshine and temperatures are very comfortable, mostly in the 60s, in the early afternoon.

Elsewhere around Eastern Montana, we’re seeing mostly 60s at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The thunderstorm outlook is pretty dry too. We are not expecting thunderstorms anywhere in Montana or the Dakotas. Most of the storms today continue to be along the Gulf of Mexico.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows a few scattered rain showers coming out of southern Canada. But they’re overshooting Montana and heading into North Dakota.

In the early afternoon, there are no reports of showers or thunderstorms anywhere in Montana, just a northwesterly flow of air.

Our high-resolution forecast model shows mostly sunny skies expected out west with a few increasing clouds in the east on Wednesday.

Overnight Wednesday night into Thursday morning, a new backdoor cold front will start moving into Eastern Montana and eventually rest against the mountains by Thursday night.

Most of the moisture with this backdoor cold front will come down as rain for Billings, but we could see a little rain mixing with snow on Thursday night into Friday morning.

We expect the snowfall to be very light and probably only stick of the grassy areas in Billings, at best.

However, the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather advisory for two to five inches of snow in the higher elevations of the Beartooth Mountains.

The big winners for snowfall in the lower elevations will be up around Cut Bank and Kalispell. They could see around five inches by Sunday night.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Turning mostly cloudy and cool again. North winds 5 to 15 mph low 46 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain and cooler throughout most of the day works. Then rain mixing with snow overnight Thursday night. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. High 53 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for rain and snow showers in the morning. East winds 5 to 15 mph. High 52 degrees.