Q2 Weather: More spring-like weather in Billings complete with thunder

Posted at 3:36 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 17:36:56-04

BILLINGS- It doesn’t look like snow in Billings anymore. It looks more like rain, and in fact, that is what’s in our forecast for today.

The temperature in Billings is in the 40s at 2 p.m. That’s just a little too warm for snow. The rest of the state is mostly in the 40s with a few 50s out west.

The Doppler radar shows you that we are currently in a southwesterly flow of air, and caught up in that flow is a minor weather disturbance.

That disturbance is strong enough that it’s actually popped out a couple of both lightning and some claps of thunder.

In fact, the flow of moisture streams all the way back up toward Great Falls and Kalispell, where we see a variety of rain and snowfall caught up in that northwest flow.

On the threat board, we still have flooding across Montana from Great Falls to Butte, where we have a flood advisory.

We also have a Flood Warning on the Milk River and the Poplar River in Roosevelt County. These are the same Flood Warnings and Advisories we’ve had all last week.

The high resolutions forecast model shows you that we will continue to see the same northwest flow of air with disturbances caught up in it throughout the rest of tonight.

However, the model shows this northwest flow will fade away by Tuesday morning.

We should then see mostly sunny skies until Tuesday evening, when another batch of moisture starts moving in the southwest.

We think this moisture will tangle with the mountains and fall apart before it gets to Billings.

Temperatures will stay somewhat mild for the rest of Monday, bu eventually jump up into the 60s as we get closer to the weekend.


TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for rain and snow in the early evening. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph low 30 degrees.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny and a little but warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph the morning shifting to the East 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon. High 49 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy and much warmer. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. High 57 degrees.