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Q2 Weather: Bitter temperatures and wind chills ring in the new year in Montana

Posted at 3:18 PM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 17:57:45-05

The last day of 2018 in Billings pictures very cold temperatures and very icy and snow-packed roadways in south-central Montana.

There have been a number of slide offs and accidents across Billings and the rest of the region; it’s almost like driving on an ice skating rink.

The key to getting around is giving yourself plenty of space between you and the car in front of you and driving much slower than normal.

We currently have a Winter Weather Advisory and a Winter Storm Warning for the southeast corner the state for snow and blowing snow until 5 PM.

We also could see winds gusting to 35 mph creating wind chills of 20 below zero in that same area tonight.

The current Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows most of the heavier snow continues to pull out of the area and only a few isolated flurries are what are left in south-central Montana.

Meanwhile, the cold Arctic air continues to funnel down the Rocky Mountain States and the Northern Great Plains states into the four corner states.

The isolated snow showers here continue to be drawn into the center of the storm, which is over Illinois and Missouri and Iowa.

The high resolution forecast model shows high pressure at the surface in Montana this evening will continue to help clear out the skies and allow a new warm front to move in early tomorrow.

Around that warm front, we expect windy conditions that will be followed up by a new shortwave weather disturbance by Tuesday evening.

By Wednesday, both a warm front and the shortwave disturbance will be out of the region and mostly clear skies should return with slightly warmer temperatures.

Tonight our temperature will get as low as -2º at midnight, creating wind chills as low as 25 below zero. Eventually we will warm back up into the mid-40s by Thursday of next week.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and colder. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph creating bitter wind chill factors as low as -30º.. Low -3°.

NEW YEAR’S DAY: Mostly sunny and not as cold. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph creating wind chill factors as low as -30 in the morning.. High 20°.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny, windy and not as cold look for patchy blowing snow. Southwest winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph. High 39°.