Q2 Weather: A brief warm up tomorrow for Billings, then back to Arctic air next week

Posted at 3:49 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 17:49:57-05

BILLINGS- Light snow continues to fall in the Billings area here in the early afternoon on Thursday.

Overnight the Billings airport measured two inches of snow. Downtown Billings saw the same.

Early afternoon temperatures continue to remain cool, with 16 degrees at 2 p.m. and light snow still falling.

It wasn’t quite as cold last night in the Northeast. Many places stayed above zero but Miles City and Glendive were below zero for the overnight low.

Since then, everybody has warmed up above zero across the state, with the Hi-Line reporting single digits for current temperatures.

The only current threat on board is a Flood Watch, which started earlier in the week with an ice jam on the Jefferson River in Madison County.

Right now the Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows a few lingering snow flurries in south-central Montana and just south of Great Falls.

The high resolution forecast model shows that scattered snow flurries this afternoon will stick around and then dissipate after 6 p.m.

On Friday morning a big batch of snow moves out of northeastern Wyoming and just barely clips the southeast corner of Carter County in southeastern Montana on its way into South Dakota.

On Saturday morning a fresh supply of snow will start moving into western Montana.

We think it will tangle with the Western mountains throughout most of the morning on Saturday, then start moving eastward that afternoon and evening.

A fresh supply of cold air dropping down from Canada on Sunday will mix with the moisture from the west and produce more scattered snow Sunday through Wednesday.

Our temperatures tonight will dip back down to below 0 by 5 a.m. Friday. Temps will jump back up to 24 degrees that afternoon for the high.

Next week brings more Arctic air of subzero overnight temps and single digit highs.


TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for light snow in the evening and colder. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Low -4 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and getting warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 24 degrees.

 SATURDAY: Partly sunny and warmer still. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 31 degrees.