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Q2 Weather: From 50 degrees to Arctic air and snow in one Billings weekend

Posted at 3:32 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 17:32:53-05

BILLINGS- It’s not a bad looking day on the first day of February in Billings. In fact, the temps are already up into the 50s at 2 p.m. Friday.

When it comes to 50s, Billings is not alone: Miles City, Livingston, Cody even Sheridan all reporting 50-degree readings on this the first day of February.

But coming this weekend, we are looking at a major winter storm moving into the region. The threat board is already starting to fill up.

We currently have a Winter Weather Advisory, a Winter Storm Warning and a Winter Storm Watch.

Snowfall amounts vary depending on what’s happening, we are expecting snowfall amounts in Billings to be around three to six inches of snow.

Look for over a foot of snow possible in the Beartooths and 10 to 16 inches of snow in the Winter Storm Warning by Great Falls. Missoula could see as much as 10 to 13 inches of snow.

Currently, the ridge of high pressure continues to be keeping most of the snow at bay up in Canada.

But the jet stream is now starting to pump more moisture into the state, and it’s a matter of time before that moisture will turn to rain and then snow this weekend.,

This all begins for Billings around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The snow starts moving in around3 a.m.. Sunday and it will stick around, off and on, throughout the day.

All the computer models predict different amounts of snow, but two to six inches seems to be the most and the least, or the range we can expect to get this weekend with more snow possible next week.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and continued mild. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 31 degrees.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny and warm. Look for a 60 percent chance for rain Saturday evening changing over to snow overnight. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 50 degres.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy and much colder with an 80 percent chance of snow. Snow accumulations are possible along with falling temperatures into the mid teens by the afternoon. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Afternoon high 16 degrees.