Q2 Weather: The warm before the storm: more snow in Billings mid-week

Posted at 3:09 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 17:09:37-04

BILLINGS- It is another magical day in Billings. There is hardly a cloud in the sky and the temperatures are in the process of warming up into the upper 30s and low 40s.

Around the state at 2p.m., the temperatures were mostly into the 20s and 30s, east of the divide, although Lewistown and Cody, Wyoming, had already made it into the 40s.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows only a few wispy high clouds across the high line with mostly sunny skies elsewhere in the state.

The threat board does show a Blizzard Warning for ground blizzards in the Rocky Mountain front. Plus we could see another one to three inches of snow there.

And the winds will be howling by Glacier National Park. We have a High Wind Warning there for 70 mile-per-hour wind gusts through 6 a.m. Tuesday.

In addition, we have a Winter Weather Advisory from Toole County down to Cascade and into Judith Basin counties.

Plus we have Flood Warnings thanks to ice jams on the Madison River near Ennis and the Missouri River near Cascade.

The high-resolution forecast model shows mostly sunny skies for the rest of the day across southern Montana we just have a few clouds to the North.

However, on Tuesday, a new storm starts moving into western Montana, producing snow, and will eventually push its way to the Billings area about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Up until then, we will get to enjoy 42 degrees for a high temp today and 41 degrees for a high Tuesday.

This will continue to melt some of our snow and caused some flooding. The melted snow has nowhere to go because the ground is frozen.


 TONIGHT: Mostly clear and cool. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 20 degrees.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 42 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for snow in the morning then rain and snow in the afternoon. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 35 degrees.