Q2 Weather: Billings’ brief break from the snow is over

Posted at 3:37 PM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 17:37:41-05

BILLINGS- That break we had from the snowfall Wednesday morning is over, and now the snow is starting to fall in Yellowstone County and the city of Billings again.

The good news about Wednesday is that the temperature has already warmed up to 11 degrees, and it feels much warmer out there than what we’ve had earlier in the week.

In the Billings area we were one of the warmer spots in the state, east of the divide. We started out the day at 0 degrees. Sheridan, Wyo., was 1 above and everyone else was below zero.

Since then, everyone else has warmed up east of the divide across Montana.

We’re expecting a new weather system to move into the state today. The threat board is already starting to fill up again.

The largest portion is a Winter Weather Advisory that includes Billings. This next system could bring two to four inches of snow to the Billings area,  and four to 10 inches of snow south of Great Falls.

The Beartooth Mountains are on track to receive two to four feet of snow from this current storm.

Plus an Avalanche Warning remains up for the Gallatin and Madison mountain ranges of southwestern Montana.

We also have a Wind Chill Advisory for the northeast corner the state Wednesday night for wind chills to 25 below zero.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows the snow showers continue to move into south-central Montana and increase in size and aerial coverage.

The high-resolution computer model shows the snow showers will be increasing as the afternoon wears on them. By 6 p.m. Wednesday, it will encompass all of south-central Montana, including Billings.

Then the next batch of snow will possibly move in here by 6:30 p.m. Thursday and then kick out of the way by midnight.

Temperatures will stay above zero again tonight and dip down to about 7 above in the morning, then get back up to 19 degrees by 2 p.m. on Thursday.


TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 90 percent chance for snow this evening and again overnight. Look for accumulations around 2 inches. North winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening becoming southwesterly overnight. Low 6 degrees.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny in the morning then a 60 percent chance for snow in the afternoon with accumulations of an inch or less. More accumulating snow Thursday evening. South winds 5 to 10 mph the morning becoming northeasterly in the afternoon. High 20 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for snow in the morning and again in the afternoon. North winds 5 to 15 mph. High 17 degrees.