BILLINGS- We started off the day with light snow flurries in the Billings area, and because of the cloud cover and snow the temperatures were a little bit slow to warm up Wednesday.
Around the rest of the state, everybody has finally made it up above zero. However, we’re still a little cool in the northeast. We see teens in central Montana and 20s and 30s out West.
When it comes to our threat board, we currently have only flooding issues Wednesday.
Ice jams are causing minor flooding on the Gallatin River near Logan, the Madison River near Ennis and the Missouri River near cascade.
Out in west-central Montana, a new Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect later tonight for three to six inches of snow around Missoula.
The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows a minor shortwave weather disturbance moving through central Montana that’s the one that brought the light snow to the Billings area Wednesday.
It continues to move in the Miles City and Jordan area on its way to the eastern edge of the state.
The high-resolution computer forecast model shows another batch of snow moving into south-central Montana and the city of Billings about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
We expect partly sunny skies and dry conditions much of Thursday.
However, a fresh batch of snow starts moving in from the southwest again on Friday morning and sticks around through most of the day.
Billings could see one to two inches of snow out of Friday’s storm, and as much is two to four inches of snow by Saturday afternoon.
Our temperatures remain fairly flat, mostly in the teens, for the rest of the day and actually start dipping back down to the single digits by Thursday morning.
However, we expect our high temperatures to stay into the low to mid 30s, Thursday through Tuesday
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for snow. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 7 degrees.
THURSDAY: Partly sunny and not as cold. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 34 degrees.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance for snow. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 33 degrees.