Q2 Weather: Winter returns to Billings with a vengeance

Posted at 2:38 PM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 16:38:25-05

BILLINGS- It was a wet, heavy snow that fell in Billings this morning. Many places wound up with almost six inches of snow, and it continues to fall.

The temperature in Billings is perfect for making snow at 27 degrees. Winds are just now starting to pick up out of the north at about 14 mph, which will cause some blowing and drifting snow later Monday evening.

The good news is, upstream from this current snowstorm we see mostly sunny skies by Glacier National Park.

Current temperatures continue to stay into the teens and 20s in eastern Montana, with most of the 30s remaining in the western part of the state.

We currently have a Winter Weather Advisory that covers much of eastern Montana and also the north-central part of the state.

Snowfall amounts will range anywhere from one to four inches.

Plus we have a winter storm warning for Billings and south-central Montana including parts of northern Wyoming. There, six to eight inches of snow is possible with three to six inches of snow in Sheridan.

The Doppler radar shows the snowfall continues to linger asouth-centralentral Montana, Great Falls andthe mortheast corner of the state.

The high-resolution forecast model shows those snow showers will start to dissipate by around 6 p.m. and eventually start crossing the state line with Wyoming.

Eventually the sun will come back out Tuesday morning and stay throughout most of the day.

A new batch of snow is forecast to move into the Billings area around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Here again, the snowfall amounts are expected to be generous. The computer models are giving us another four to six inches of snow.

Temperatures roll back down into the low 20s in the morning and get back into the low 30s by 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

After that, we will top out at 36 degrees on Tuesday, get into the 40s on Wednesday and Thursday and again in the 40s on Saturday and Sunday.


TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for evening snow showers and colder. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 19 degrees.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny, breezy and warmer. West winds 15 to 25 mph high 36 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for snow in the morning and then mixing with rain in the afternoon. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. High 40.