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

Posted at 3:37 PM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 17:37:19-04

BILLINGS- At least the sun came back Friday to much of Montana, and the temperatures are starting to return too.

In the early afternoon, the temperature in Billings was warming up through the mid 50s looking for the low 60s.

The only weather watch or warning we have is in Northern Wyoming.

It is a Winter Weather Advisory for the Big Horn basin that goes into effect at 6 a.m. Saturday and lasts until 6 p.m. that evening.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows the rain and snow is still jammed up in southern Canada.

We do see high clouds tracking from the northwest, and that is our new warm front. It’s what’s responsible for the increased winds around Billings Friday.

The warm front will continue to track eastward as the rest of the afternoon goes on, and our temperatures are expected to get into the low 60s.

However, that warm front is tied to a new cold front, and it is that new cold front that is forecast to drop down to the southern Montana by Saturday morning.

Then, during the rest of Saturday afternoon the cold front drops farther down into Wyoming producing the 1 to 3 inches of snow we are expecting there.

That will be followed up by high pressure and mostly sunny skies moving into the state for Sunday and then sticking around for the rest of the week.

This will cause our temperatures to slowly rise into the 60s through midweek.


TONIGHT: Turning cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers overnight. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 35 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy and much cooler with a 40 percent chance for rain and snow showers in the morning then a slight chance for rain later that afternoon. North winds 10 to 20 mph. High 40 degrees.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and still cool. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 40 degrees.