Q2 Weather: Today’s sunshine is a one-day-only sale in Billings

Posted at 2:32 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 16:32:03-05

BILLINGS- At least in the early part of the day, the sun had come out and it looks like a beautiful day in Billings.

Although you can see the next system to move into the region is already sending a few clouds ahead of it. Those are the high cirrus clouds that we see here now.

The temperatures are not real warm but still not too bad. It’s 29 degrees, and at 2 p.m., and the wind is out of the southwest at 17 mph, which gives us a wind chill factor that feels like 17 degrees.

Current temps around the state are mostly in the 20s and 30s, although Butte was an 18 in the afternoon.

The threat board is starting to fill up with a Winter Weather Advisory, Winter Storm Warning and Winter Storm Watch.

They all start tonight and last through Wednesday. Snowfall amounts vary depending on where you’re at. In the Beartooths, we could see 10 to 15 inches of snow.

The Winter Weather Advisory for western Montana could pile up six to 13 inches of snow in the mountains and two to six inches in the valleys.

In addit,ion the Winter Storm Warning around Missoula could pile up seven to 12 inches of snow.

The current Doppler radar shows that just a few high clouds are starting role in south-central Montana and hardly any snow at this time.

But the high-resolution forecast model shows the next band of snow start moving to western Montana overnight Tuesday  and into Wednesday morning.

It could start snowing again in Billings around 6 a.m. Wednesday. Then more snow continues to pile up throughout the afternoon, and then the whole thing fades away by midnight Wednesday.

The computer models suggest Billings could see two to four inches of snow out of this. Bozeman could get up to 10 inches and Missoula could possibly get 14 inches of snow.


TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, breezy and mild. West winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 26 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 60 percent chance for snow early in the morning and again in the afternoon. Snow accumulations could be of around an inch, with more that evening. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 37 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for morning snow. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 34 degrees.