Q2 Weather: Billings starting to inch its way out of the super cold

Posted at 2:31 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 16:31:43-05

BILLINGS- It was another chilly morning in the Billings area Tuesday, but thanks to the beautiful blue sunny skies, the temperatures are starting to rebound very nicely.

In fact, in the early afternoon, the temps have already jumped into the upper teens above zero, which is not bad when you consider where we started this morning at 8 below zero.

That -8 degrees was not a record setter for Billings, but we did see record low temperatures at Helena, Bozeman and Dillon.

Since then, about everybody in the state has warmed above zero, except for Helena and Bozeman, but they were in the 20s and 30s below zero this morning.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery is showing generally clear skies across most of Eastern Montana Tuesday afternoon with a few wispy, high cirrus clouds out in the West.

We are still a little cool because we have a cold-core, high-pressure cell over eastern Montana.

That’s expected to slide away later this afternoon and be replaced by warm moist air from the southwest.

It might even produce scattered snow showers in south-central Montana Wednesday morning, which could give Billings a slight chance for snow and again that evening.

A warm front sweeps across the state on Thursday afternoon and that should warm us back up to the other side or freezing for a change.

In the meantime, our temperature could get up to 22 degrees next hour and roll back down to the single digits in the morning and rebound back up into the upper teens on Wednesday afternoon.


TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy and not as cold. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 5 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Cloudy with a 20 percent chance for snow in the morning and the afternoon. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. High 19 degrees.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny and not as cold. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 34 degrees.