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Q2 Weather: More rain and possible snow on tap tonight in Montana

Posted at 3:25 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 17:25:41-04

BILLINGS- The Billings area picked up a little light rain Thursday morning, but that has since left and fog has returned to the city.

The area will probably pick up little more rain later this afternoon, but it’s cloudy and 37 degrees at 2 p.m. Thursday.

So far Billings has measured 0.12 inches of rain Thursday. Bozeman has seen 0.13, while Livingston has picked up 0.03 and the Doppler radar shows more rain is expected to move in from the southwest.

Other temperatures around the state are mostly into the 30s and 40s at 2 p.m.

Plus we have a couple of Winter Weather Advisories. The Beartooth Mountains could see two to five inches of snow beginning at 6 p.m. and the northeast corner the state could see one to three inches of snow.

The Fort Peck reservoir is a little choppy this afternoon. There’s a Lake Wind Advisory there for 30 mile-per-hour winds until 6 p.m.

The Doppler radar still shows a strong southwesterly flow of air and caught up in that flow are several little minor weather disturbances.

We could see some more rain move into the Billings area in the mid-afternoon.

A pair of low-pressure cells is forecast to track across northern Wyoming throughout the rest of Thursday, and as they do, they will sling more rain and snow up towards Billings.

On Friday, those low-pressure cells start dropping down into Wyoming, taking the rain and snow with it, and high pressure will move in from the west.

This will clear out the skies, bringing more sunshine for most of the afternoon on Friday.

A new low-pressure cell in Idaho will sling more rain and snow up towards Western Montana on Saturday afternoon.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with an 80 percent chance for rain in the evening, then mixing with snow overnight. Snow accumulation will be an inch or less. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 35 degrees.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance for rain and snow in the morning then a slight chance for rain late in the morning, sunny skies in the afternoon. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 55 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for rain and snow showers the morning then scattered rain showers in the afternoon. East winds 5 to 10 mph. High 51 degrees.