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Q2 Weather: Friday was the warm before the storms for Billings

Posted at 3:54 PM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 17:54:15-04

BILLINGS- That big sky was a cloudy sky throughout much of the first half of the day in Billings.

But we are starting to see a few holes in the clouds toward the Beartooth Mountains.

The temperature in Billings has already zoomed up into the 50s with the return of a westerly, downsloping wind, off the divide.

Temperatures around the rest of the state are mostly in the 50s from Cut Bank down through Billings, on either side of that we are into the 30s to the Northeast or 40s to the West.

Look at how high the winds are gusting from Cut Bank through Livingston, gusting from 26 to 44 mph.

And there are a number of Wind Advisories and High Wind Warnings throughout most of the mountains and western Montana.

Winds could be gusting anywhere from 50 to 75 mph out west. Plus we have a Winter Weather Advisory in Meagher County for four to seven inches of snow and two to four inches of snow along the Hi-Line.

The Doppler radar is filled with rain and snow showers, but it’s basically broke up into two storms: one to the east of Billings and the other to the west.

The first storm will track into the Black Hills of South Dakota, pulling cooler air for eastern Montana.

The second storm will move into western Montana and bring more rain and snow across south-central Montana by Sunday night.

The temperature Billings will get into the upper 50s and then roll back to 38 degrees by 11 a.m. Saturday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy and the breezy with a 40 percent chance for rain showers this evening and again overnight. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 36 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance for rain or snow showers in the morning and cooler. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 47 degrees.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for rain and snow showers the morning then turning to rain in the afternoon. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 52 degrees.