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Q2 Weather: Today is the warm before the storms

Posted at 2:49 PM, Apr 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-07 17:37:23-04

Cloudy skies have rolled into Billings, but the temperatures are still holding strong, mainly into the upper 60s and low 70s around the region on this Sunday afternoon.

We still have a lot of 60s around Eastern Montana with a combination of 50s and 60s out in the West, with Kalispell only at 46 degrees.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows more rain streaming into West-central Montana around Missoula with scattered snow showers up in the higher elevations.

In central Montana, we are still seeing a batch of rain form due to some instability in the atmosphere.

This with a little extra moisture is coming together to create some spotty showers from Lewistown to Billings to Hysham.

The main weather pattern shows the jet stream grabbing some moisture from the Pacific Ocean and streaming it in through Oregon, Idaho, Western Montana and now into central Montana.

The high-resolution forecast model shows we will continue to see wave after wave of moisture stream across Montana throughout the early part of next week.

Some of that moisture will make it into the Billings area, so we could see kind of a wet week ahead.

Temperatures next hour will stay right around 68 degrees then roll back down to the 40s in the morning then top out at 65 again, one more time on Monday.

After that our temps of roll back down to the 50s and stay there for the rest of the week.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for rain showers overnight. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 46 degrees.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for rain and continued warm. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph the morning shifting to the Northeast in the afternoon. High 65 degrees.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 70 percent chance for rain and cooler. North winds 5 to 15 mph. High 56 degrees.

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