Q2 Weather: One more frigid night in Billings before the warmup

Posted at 3:41 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 17:41:57-05

BILLINGS- It looks a little whiter than normal in Billings on Presidents Day. That’s because Billings measured three inches of new snow over the weekend.

In fact, the airport is measuring nine inches of snowfall on the ground altogether.

And temperatures remained very chilly Monday morning. We saw teens and 20s below zero along the Hi-Line and single digits below zero, just about everywhere else in eastern Montana.

In Billings, we started the day at -1 degree, and by 2:30 p.m. we had warmed all the way up to 5 degrees.

In fact, everyone across eastern Montana except for Havre, Great Falls and Cut Bank were above zero at this time.

On the threat board, all we have is a Winter Weather Advisory and a Flood Watch.

The Winter Weather Advisory goes in effect at midnight and stays until 9 p.m. from Glacier National Park all the way we down to Meagher County, and that’s only for blowing and drifting snow.

We still have ice jams on the Jefferson River in Madison County, and that is still causing some flooding and that stays with us until further notice.

The current Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows a few scattered flurries around Glasgow and just mostly cloudy skies across much of Western Montana.

The high-resolution forecast model showed we could’ve seen scattered snow showers to the southwest, but those are starting to fade away.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, a fresh batch of moisture is starting to move into northwestern Montana with scattered snow showers and cloudy skies.

Those clouds and snowfall will start spreading into eastern Montana by Wednesday afternoon, but the snow will have a hard time getting up over the mountains. Billings could go snowless.


TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and getting very cold. South winds 5 to 15 mph, creating a wind chill factor that could cool down to 25 to 35 below zero. Low -11 degrees.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and not as cold. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 23 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and warmer still. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 25 degrees.