Q2 Weather: A brief warm up ahead for Billings

Posted at 3:52 PM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 17:52:14-05

BILLINGS- It certainly looks like we are in the dead of winter when you look outside in Billings.

Light snow has been falling off and on throughout the morning and the temperatures remain were very cold. At 2 p.m., the temperature in  Billings was -1 degree, with a wind chill factor -16 degrees.

Our reported overnight low temperatures were chilly as well. Just about everybody east of the divide were reporting subzero temperatures. Out west, Butte, Missoula and Kalispell remained above zero.

Our current temperatures have actually warmed but were still in single digits above and below zero east of the divide, and into the teens above zero out in west-central Montana.

The threat board is pretty full across the state with a Winter Weather Advisory and a Wind chill Advisory.

 We could see two to four inches of snow up in the northeast and up to eight inches of snow in the mountains of the southwest, with wind chill factors around -30 to -35 degrees statewide.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows some snow showers leaving the northeast corner of the state, but a fresh batch of moisture is moving into the southwest producing snow showers.

These waves of moisture are brought about by this upper-level, low-pressure cell over the Great Basin area, pulling moisture from the Pacific Ocean and slinging it up toward Montana.

Our high-resolution forecast model shows we could see some snow in Billings about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday with another batch of snow developing about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

After that, sunny skies come out and temperatures start to warm up.

Look for a high temperature on Wednesday of -2 degrees but jumping up to 23 degrees above zero by Friday, then rolling back into the low teens over the weekend.


TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 70 percent chance for snow likely. Look for accumulation around one inch. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Low -11 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for snow in the morning then a slight chance for snow in the afternoon. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. High -2 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and cold. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 15 degrees.