Q2 Weather: Billings caught the edge of the coldest air Tuesday morning

Posted at 3:42 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 17:42:51-05

BILLINGS- It was an extremely cold morning in eastern Montana this Tuesday, but here in Billings, it was not quite as bad.

In the early afternoon, the current temperature in Billings has actually warmed up to 22 degrees, with a wind chill factor that feels like 14 degrees.

Our reported low temperatures this morning were very chilly. In the northeast corner of the state, everybody was below zero and Williston, N.D. was 13 below zero.

Out west, Cut Bank, Kalispell, Butte and Bozeman all were below zero as well.

Our current temperatures have actually warmed up to zero or just above in Montana, but Williston is still below zero.

And that means it’s still stupidly cold in Williston, because of wind chill factor there feels like 30 below zero.

In fact, we still have a wind chill advisory for northeastern Montana all the way down to Carter County in the southeast corner of the state.

That advisory has been amended to include wind chills of -20 degrees to -40 degrees, through 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Only a few clouds linger from Havre down to Broadus right now. That is basically where our stationary front has developed.

That stationary front is forecast to start moving back eastward again on Wednesday morning as warmer air starts moving in behind high pressure.

This will push the coldest air back into the Dakotas and allow warmer air to spread from west to east across Montana.

Temperatures will drop back down into the teens again tonight and then bounce back up into the mid-30s on Wednesday and get into the 40s by Friday and Saturday.


TONIGHT: Mostly clear and cold. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with wind chill readings of 0 to 10 below zero overnight. Low 10 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and a little but warmer, with southwesterly winds 10 to 20 mph. High 36 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer still. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph high 39 degrees.