Q2 Weather: It looks like spring is still trying to get established in Montana

Posted at 3:34 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 17:34:37-04

BILLINGS- At midweek, the weather in the Billings area seems outstanding. You may want to be standing out in it.

We do see just a few high clouds rolling into the Billings area, and it almost obscures views of the snowcapped Beartooth Mountains.

Early Wednesday afternoon, the temperature Billings was 55 degrees. Around the rest of the state, we are at 60 degrees up at Havre, 40s in the northwest and a lot of 50s in central and southeastern Montana.

The Doppler radar shows a few instability showers in northeastern Yellowstone County and also in Custer County by Miles City.

A new wave of moisture is moving into west-central Montana from Missoula to Great Falls up to Havre. We are basically seeing rain in the valleys and snow up in the higher elevations.

The threat board still shows flooding conditions around Montana. We have a Flood Advisory from Helena down the Butte, plus a Flood Warning on the Milk River at Glasgow.

We’re still seeing some minor flooding in Daniels, Valley and Roosevelt counties at this time.

The high-resolution forecast model shows warmer temperatures are trying to move into the state from the northwest with more moisture is streaming into west-central Montana.

It looks like some of this moisture will make its way into south-central Montana but probably stay away from Billings.

On Thursday, warmer temperature start moving into the state and the moisture starts moving out.

By Friday, a new backdoor cold front drops down from Canada and comes close to the Billings area but it will hold up short of moving through.

This means we could still hit 70 degrees on Friday and cool down on Saturday.


TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for evening rain showers, then a chance of rain overnight. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 40 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 68 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for rain in the afternoon and still warm. South winds 5 to 10 mph. High 70 degrees.