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Q2 Weather: Change starts in Billings Thanksgiving night

Posted at 2:31 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 16:31:46-05

BILLINGS- It’s another perfect weather day in Billings.

Just look at that beautiful blue sky and even the temperature for late November is very comfortable. It’s 50 degrees with a Southwest wind at 23, gusting to 31 mph.

It’s a little breezy, but it’s still not a bad day, if you can stay out of wind.

Elsewhere around the state, it is mostly into the 40s and 50s. In eastern and central Montana, it’s a little cooler in the west, where we have temps into the 30s and 40s.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows dry skies from one side of Montana to the other. But we do see a few high clouds starting to roll into Havre in north-central Montana.

High pressure in the upper levels and at the surface continue to dominate the weather pattern across the northern Rockies.

But a new low-pressure cell in the Gulf of Alaska is forecast to track into the Pacific Northwest by Wednesday morning.

There, it will drop rain from Los Angeles all the way up to Vancouver, B.C.

The rain in California will be heavy at times and while it is much needed, it could cause more landslides in the burn scar areas of that state.

It looks like by Thanksgiving morning, the snow will start making its way into western Wyoming, all of Idaho and parts of northwestern Montana.

Even Billings might see some rain Thursday night. By 7 p.m. Friday, we could see little rain mixing with snow in time for the big holiday parade in downtown Billings.

The snow will continue through 6 a.m. Saturday and then start to break off by 7:30 p.m.

A fresh supply of snow moves into Montana throughout the day on Sunday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly clear, breezy and cool. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 31 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 54 degrees.

 THURSDAY: Partly sunny and mild with a 20 percent chance of rain Thursday evening. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 51 degrees.