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Q2 Weather: A little break before the next storm moves into Billings

Posted at 3:06 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 17:22:26-04

BILLINGS- It is mostly cloudy in downtown Billings at 2 p.m. Tuesday, but we do see a few sun breaks toward the Beartooth Mountains, and the sun is out over there.

The 2 p.m. Tuesday temperature in Billings was 48 degrees, and there’s a lot of 40s and 50s all over Montana, not just in the east.

The big story today is instability in the atmosphere across much of western and south-central Montana.

We see periods of clouds, sun breaks and a couple sprinkles, maybe even some snowflakes. All are signs of a lot of instability in the atmosphere.

But the big story is brewing out the western part of the state, that’s where our next storm is going to be coming from.

It can a take a day or so to get to us, so most of Wednesday should be mostly sunny across Billings and much of south-central Montana.

But that next storm will start moving in around 6 p.m., maybe 6:30 p.m. and start producing snow in the mountains and cloudy skies on the eastern plains.

Later Halloween night, some of those snowflakes in the mountains, and sprinkles in the valleys could make their way to south-central Montana, including Billings.

On Thursday, a new cold front drops down from Canada. We think it’ll do an end run around Billings but still clip the Northeast corner of the state.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and cool. West winds 5 to 15 mph low 32 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Increasing clouds and continued mild. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 52 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for rain and snow showers in the morning then rain showers again in the afternoon. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 49 degrees.