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Q2 Weather: A mixed bag of weather this weekend in Billings

Posted at 3:28 PM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 17:44:24-05

BILLINGS- This Friday afternoon in Big Sky Country finds Billings with mostly cloudy skies, a couple snowflakes in the area and temperatures just below freezing at 31 degrees.

Other temperatures around the state at 2 p.m., are mostly into the 20s and 30s.

Plus we still have a Winter Weather Advisory until 5 p.m. from Great Falls all the way down to Yellowstone National Park. Here we could see two to five inches of snow above the 4,500-foot level.

Right now the Doppler radar is showing a few scattered snow showers in Yellowstone County but they’re having a hard time getting into Billings.

This is because we are getting a downsloping wind off the Bull Mountains which inhibits snowfall development.

However, there are a few more snow showers, upstream by Great Falls and Lewistown, and one may make its way to Billings and give us a chance for snow showers later.

Our high resolution forecast model is suggesting that. Overnight, most of the snow is forecast to dissipate before another shortwave disturbance moves in by 6:30 Saturday a.m.

That shortwave disturbance will be very spotty at best and is forecast to dissipate and in turn into rain while moving to the east.

The next strong cold front will move into Montana on Sunday afternoon and possibly blow through the Billings area late Sunday night.

Snowfall amounts are expected to be light through the weekend and maybe pick up on Monday morning, where Billings could see one to two inches.

The biggest problem with this next storm is that will bring rain, freezing rain and snow, on top of causing very slick streets.

The good news here is that the temps are forecast to get into the 40s by 2 p.m. Saturday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, breezy and cool. West winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 27 degrees.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance for snow in the morning and breezy. West winds 15 to 25 mph. High 43 degrees.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance for rain in the afternoon and windy. West winds 15 to 30 mph gusting to 40 mph. Rain changing over to snow overnight. High 43 degrees.