Q2 Weather: Rain and snow will have impacts

Posted at 5:14 AM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 07:53:57-04

A spring storm system will impact the area through Friday.

Rain and snow will fall over a wide area Thursday through Friday morning. But the greatest impacts will be felt in the mountains and foothills to the west of Billings.

Poor visibility and slushy or snow-packed roads with flooding or very muddy conditions on rural roads are all expected. The heavy, wet snow could also be hard on young livestock.

Precipitation totals from rain and wet snow will range from around a quarter to three-quarters of an inch. This could add to flooding concerns where heavier rain or snow falls.

Temperatures will mainly hold steady into the 30s to around 40 Thursday, with clouds in area showers. Rain and snow will be less likely in areas east of Billings, and overall precipitation totals will be lower.

Billings could see some accumulating snow, especially in the grassy areas Thursday night through Friday morning.

Drier and warmer conditions will start to move in as early as Friday afternoon with afternoon high temperatures returning to the 50s Saturday and Sunday.

Billings forecast

Thursday… Rain and snow showers with a high near 40. Northeast breeze 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday night… Rain and snow during the evening, becoming snow overnight. Light accumulations are possible early Friday morning.

Friday… A chance of rain and snow tapering off in the afternoon. Cloudy with a high near 44.