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Q2 Weather: Time to return to more fall-like weather in Billings

Posted at 3:17 PM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-16 11:38:52-04

BILLINGS- After what can only be billed as a taste of winter this weekend, the weather was starting to clear up in Billings Monday.

The temperature in Billings is still a little bit on the cool side. It is still only 45 degrees at 2 p.m. this Monday.

However, we did get reports of over 15 inches of new snow near Red Lodge this weekend.

In fact, Red Lodge Mountain reported over 10 inches of snow.

Billings Rimrock West reported five inches of new snow while the airport only saw two inches, which did set a new record for the day. The old record was one inch set 1952.

The snow event this weekend was mainly a foothills and Southwest mountain event.

Now today, we have a Lake Wind Advisory for Fort Peck reservoir until 8 p.m. for winds gusting to 35 mph. So you might say it’s a little choppy on the lake there today.

Monday morning there was a minor shortwave disturbance that pushed from the north through Billings about 7 a.m., then faded away at the Wyoming state line.

A new ridge of high pressure will be building in from the west and will settle over the northern Rockies over the next several days.

This will help to clear out the skies and warm up the temperatures for the foreseeable future.

So now we have had a taste of winter it’s time to return to more autumn-like weather for the rest of the week.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly clear and continued cool. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 35 degrees.

TUESDAY: Sunny and much warmer. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 62 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 65 degrees.