BILLINGS- Welcome to Election Day 2018. Weather-wise, it looked like it was going to be an active weather day this morning when the skiff of snow fell. Since then, that’s all we have received.
The temperature in Billings is still very cold, only 26 degrees. Most of Eastern Montana has temps in the 20s at 2 p.m. Out west, early Tuesday afternoon temps were in the 30s and low 40s.
Wind has been a problem in the east Tuesday. Wind gusts have been blowing from 26 to 32 mph in the early afternoon.
A Wind Advisory is up for the Fort Peck Reservoir, for gusts up to 30 mph. Plus we still have a Winter Weather Advisory from Great Falls to Red Lodge in Carbon County.
We could still pick up another inch of snow in those areas. Five miles southeast of Columbus has recorded six inches of new snow out of this storm. McCloud, in Sweet Grass County, saw six inches also.
The Doppler radar at 2 p.m. is showing more snow moving into Yellowstone County. There is more snow between Billings and Great Falls to come this way Tuesday afternoon.
So far most of these afternoon snow showers contain only light snow, similar to this mornings snowfall.
The computer models show we could get more snow this Tuesday afternoon and a fresh batch will be moving into Great Falls, Wednesday morning at 6 a.m.
That snow could move into Billings at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
After that, most of the snow will leave the area and sunny skies should return Thursday morning.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy and cold with a 20 percent chance of snow overnight. East winds 5-15 mph. Low 16 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 60 percent chance of morning snow, then snow likely in the afternoon. Accumulations of an inch or less are possible. Northeast winds 5–10 mph. High 29 degrees.
THURSDAY: Mostly sunny dry and a little warmer. West winds 10-20 mph. High 36 degrees.