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Q2 Weather: A few days of warm before the next storm in Billings

Posted at 3:14 PM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 17:15:42-04

BILLINGS- A fresh batch of cloudy skies are starting to roll into south-central Montana in the early afternoon Monday.

The cloudy skies are not too bad. The temperatures are a little chilly, but they are starting to warm up. At 2 p.m., temps were into the 50s to low 60s.

One of the cooler spots in the state is Kalispell, which will get much cooler in the days to come.

We have a Winter Storm Watch for the northwest corner the state up by the Front Range of the Rockies and Glacier National Park.

The watch begins on Tuesday morning and goes through Wednesday morning. Four to seven inches of snow are possible in most places, with local amounts to 19 inches in the higher elevations by Glacier National Park.

There’s not much snow on Glacier now, but that will change Tuesday as a new system moves in from southern Canada.

However, today we still have a southwesterly flow of air, pumping a few clouds from Idaho into south-central Montana.

The next cold front will start moving into the northwest corner of Montana by 6 p.m. Monday. It will start producing rain showers in the northwest corner of the state by 6 a.m. Tuesday.

By 6 p.m. Tuesday, the rain will be widespread across most of western Montana with the heavier snow starting to fall in Glacier Park and the Front Range of the Rockies.

Before the cold front gets to the Billings area, temperatures will warm up drastically, possibly into the low 70s.

Once the front passes Billings, it will bring cooler temperatures and a chance for more rain showers, sometimes mixing with snow, for the rest of the week.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy and warmer. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph this evening becoming southwesterly 5 to 10 mph overnight. Low 45 degrees.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy and much warmer. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 70 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for rain in the morning and then again in the afternoon. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 52 degrees.