Q2 Weather: High pressure equals higher temperatures for Billings

Posted at 3:19 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 17:19:00-04

BILLINGS- We have a beautiful blue sky without a cloud to be found anywhere in Billings. The temperatures are already up into the 60s in the area.

Not only that, but 60s seem to be common all over eastern Montana. We do see a few 40s and 50s in the mountains and in Western Montana.

That’s only because they were much colder than we were this morning, and they have a longer road to go before they will make it up into the 60s.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery showed clear and dry skies from one side of Montana to the other.

In fact, if it wasn’t for a little bit cloud cover over Lake Winnipeg, Canada, it would look like the Doppler and Satellite were broken.

All this is because of a new upper-level, high-pressure ridge that is centering over the northern Rockies. This high ridge pushes the cloud cover farther north up into Canada.

Even though we see a few showers in the four-corner states rotating around a low-pressure cell in Utah, we think the high pressure over the northern Rockies will keep those showers away.

The high-resolution forecast model shows that high pressure will stick around through all of Wednesday and most of Thursday.

But by Friday, a new weak cold front drops down from Canada. This is kind of a backdoor cold front and does not have any moisture to work with, so we expect it will just cool things down.


TONIGHT: Mostly clear and cool. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 38 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and much warmer. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 70 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, cooler and dry. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 58 degrees.