Q2 Weather: Dense fog but not much snow for Billings

Posted at 3:18 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 17:18:55-05

BILLINGS- Our cold front has made its way into the Billings area, although it did not bring very much snowfall, just mostly dense fog.

In fact, it’s hard to see Sacrifice Cliff from the north rim. Our current temperatures are still little on the cool side.

At 2 p.m. the current temperature in Billings was 22 degrees with a wind chill factor that feels like 12 degrees.

Other temperatures around the state are mostly to the teens and 20s although were into the low 30s at Butte and Dylan right now.

The threat board started to fill up. Three-quarters of Montana has a Winter Weather Advisory with various amounts of snowfall expected, ranging from one to three inches to five to 10 inches.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows scattered snow showers continue to track from Missoula to Great Falls up to Havre.

The snow showers seem to be almost doing an end run around the city of Billings.

And that’s what our high-resolution forecast model is showing: We were expecting the snow to continue to track to the north and push its way down to the southeast corner of Montana.

By Friday evenin,g we’re looking at dry skies across the Billings area and on into Saturday morning.

A new batch of moisture will move into western Montana Saturday afternoon and then drops into western Wyoming.

The computer model says we can expect to see one to two inches of snow over the weekend, and we feel most will probably fall Sunday afternoon.

Temperatures will stay rather flat, mostly into the 20s for the next 24 hours.


TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for snow and colder. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 18 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for snow in the morning and then again in the afternoon. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 37 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy, warmer and dry. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 45 degrees.