Q2 Weather: Quick warm up for the weekend in Billings

Posted at 2:26 PM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 16:26:56-05

BILLINGS- On this Friday, Billings woke up with about an inch of new snow on the ground.

Since then, the jet stream has moved into a northwesterly flow and pushed a lot of the snow away from Billings and out of the region.

The Doppler radar still shows a few lingering snow showers to the north and east of Billings in Treasure and Rosebud counties, but it continues to track toward the southeast.

In fact, our high-resolution forecast model is showing the snow moving out of south-central Montana altogether Friday afternoon and clearing skies can be expected by around 8 p.m.

A fresh batch of snow will be moving into western Montana Saturday morning and then hanging a hard right at the mountains and dropping into western Wyoming.

This will leave Billings with mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, a low-pressure cell will move into southwest Montana and pull moisture from the southeast back across Billings on its way up towards Great Falls.

Snowfall amounts for the Billings area are expected to remain light this weekend. The big winners will be Missoula, Bozeman and Livingston with four to six inches of new snow there.

Temperatures should remain fairly flat for the next 24 hours right around 26 to 27 degrees and then jump up to 41 degrees by 1:30 in the afternoon when the sun comes back out.


TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and cool. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 23 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy, windy but warmer. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. High 45 degrees.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for rain and snow in the morning then rain in the afternoon. South winds 5 to 15 mph high 45 degrees.