Q2 Weather: Billings missed out on a blizzard, but cold air is dropping by

Posted at 3:35 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 17:35:06-05

BILLINGS- We started off the day with a Blizzard Warning in Judith gap up to Eddie’s Corner.

In fact, Highway 191 was closed for a while for the snow, but hardly any made it into the Billings area.

Now it is still a little breezy the Billings area Monday. Sunday’s peak wind gust topped out at 61 mph, but Monday’s winds are blowing out of the northwest at 20 mph gusting to 29 mph.

Our temperature has warmed up into the 30s, one of only three cities in Montana to do so today. Kalispell and Missoula are the other two.

We do have a wind chill advisory the goes into effect 11 p.m. Monday for the northeastern corner the state all the way down to the southeastern corner Montana.

There, wind chills could be as cold as -20 degrees to -35 degrees. A big chunk of Arctic air broke off the top of the globe and is dropping into the lower 48 states. Eastern Montana gets the edge of it.

Right now, the Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows a little streak of snow from northwest of Miles City and heading towards Broadus.

That’s where we have a cold front right now. The snow will follow that cold front, down to Carter County in the southeast corner of the state.

On Tuesday morning, that cold front becomes a backdoor cold front and starts heading towards Billings.

However, we think this high pressure to the west will start pushing back and stop it in its tracks just before it makes it to Billings.

Then a warm front will sweep that cold air back east again Wednesday afternoon.

Until then, temperatures will start in the 30s Monday afternoon and drop down to the teens by Tuesday morning.

From there the temps warm back up into the 30s on Wednesday through Friday and top out at 44 degrees on Saturday for an afternoon high. On Sunday, the temp drops back to 23 degrees for the high.


TONIGHT: Mostly clear and colder. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Wind chill readings of -5 to +5 overnight. Low 10 degrees.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and still chilly. North winds 5 to 10 mph. High 27 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and a little but warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 31 degrees.