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Q2 Weather: Let the warm up begin in Billings

Posted at 2:34 PM, Oct 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-16 16:34:33-04

BILLINGS- The Big Sky has a very clear sky this Tuesday afternoon. I saw maybe one cloud over Billings.

Temperatures were climbing through the 50s looking for 60s later Monday.

This is true, not only in Billings but all over the state. At 2 p.m., the temps out west were mostly in the 40s, while back in the east we saw 50s and 60s.

The Doppler radar and Satellite only shows a few high clouds over Eastern Montana while the west was severely clear.

That’s part of the reason the west is a  little bit cooler than the east. The west started out much cooler earlier this morning.

The cloudy skies in the east acted like a little blanket, and they didn’t get as cold overnight.

The big weather story is a new ridge of high pressure that is settling in over the northern Rocky Mountains states. This will continue to dominate the weather pattern for the next several days.

That high pressure will clear out the skies and help pump warmer air into the region.

We expect this trend to stick around for least the rest of the week.

We do have a minor surface front that’s draped over the northeast corner of the state Tuesday, but that should start backtracking and heading into the Dakotas by midweek.

The cool air on the other side of that front will continue to move eastward into the high plains and the Great Lakes states.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly clear and cool. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 36 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 64 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny, windy and warmer still. West winds 15 to 25 mph. High 67 degrees.