Q2 Weather: Warmer temps in Billings, but more snow moves in later

Posted at 3:22 PM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-08 17:22:35-05

BILLINGS- A few cloudy skies have rolled into the Billings area Friday afternoon, but it looks like the temps continue to warm up to freezing and possibly beyond Friday.

In fact, around the rest of the state just about everybody has warmed up into the upper 20s and 30s. It is not a bad day anywhere in Montana.

The threat board does show new storms moving in from the southwest, and because of that, we have Winter Weather Advisories and a Winter Storm Warning across the south.

Plus we still have ice jams on the Madison River and Missouri River causing some flooding near Ennis and Cascade.

However, on Friday afternoon all we see are downsloping winds off the Beartooth Mountains and some scattered snow showers near the foothills.

Those downsloping winds inhibit snowfall development, so we don’t expect much snow will be moving into the Billings area Friday afternoon.

In fact, that’s what our high-resolution rorecast model is showing. However, we could see some snow develop around 10:30 p.m. in Yellowstone County.

Those snow showers will fade away by Saturday morning. In fact, once those showers are done, we’ll expect to see mostly sunny skies in south-central Montana by Sunday morning.

And here’s the best news: Though our temps will be cooling down, we expect them to stay above zero in the morning, possibly even into the 20s above zero.

We expect our high temperatures to stay in the 30s all through the weekend and into the latter part of next week.


Tonight: A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 11 a.m. Saturday. Snow accumulations around two inches is possible with an 80 percent chance of snow. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 20 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for snow in the morning. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 33 degrees.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and continued mild. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph high 33 degrees.