Q2 Weather: A major weather pattern change is on the horizon for Billings

Posted at 2:36 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 16:36:14-05

BILLINGS- Mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s is the story in Billings on this midweek, Wednesday.

By looking at those mostly sunny skies, it’s hard to believe that the computer models are talking about a significant snow event moving into Montana this weekend.

The Doppler radar showed whatever scattered light snow and rain showers we had in southern Montana have now moved out of the state.

But the next storm, what I call the next Big Kahuna, is brewing right now off the coast of California. It is forecast to move into the Great Basin area by 6 p.m Thursday.

From there it is forecast to track, all the way into Kansas by 8 p.m. Friday. There it will tap into the Gulf of Mexico moisture and sling that moisture back up towards Wyoming Friday night.

Then, the moisture will move into Montana Friday night into Saturday morning and spend most of the day here.

The snow is forecast to stick around through all of Sunday and into the beginning of Monday.

The latest computer models show that Billings could pick up almost six inches of snow out of the storm, Livingston almost seven and close to nine inches for Bozeman, by Monday morning.

Temperatures will continue to sink into the 40s on Thursday and roll all way back down to 24 for afternoon high on Tuesday.

This means it certainly will be cold enough for snow this weekend.


TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and getting cooler. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 29 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and not as warm. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 45 degrees.

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy with a 30\ percent chance for rain and snow in the afternoon changing to all snow overnight. Look for light and variable winds. High 39 degrees.