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Q2 Weather: A little rain moves into Billings before the temps go up

Posted at 3:41 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 17:41:11-04

BILLINGS- Mostly cloudy skies with light rain in the area are on the menu for Billings Tuesday afternoon. The early afternoon temperature’s 54° at 2 p.m. and is expected to go higher today.

Elsewhere around the state, temps are mostly into the 60s in the northeast corner of the state, 30s and 40s out west with 50s across north-central Wyoming.

We do have a slight chance for thunderstorms in southwest and southeastern Montana.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows scattered light rain showers in north-central Montana and scattered snow showers around Great Falls.

The Beartooth Mountains have a couple scattered snow flurries there but are not expected to move into the Billings area Tuesday night.

The big story shows an upper-level trough that’s moved off the West Coast and extends from the Four-Corner states up to Montana and is producing scattered rain and snow.

The high-resolution forecast model shows scattered rain showers moving to south-central Montana and Yellowstone County around 6:30 p.m.

After that, the showers kick out of the area by Wednesday morning, and a new surface trough will move in from the northwest.

This will come close to the Billings area, but we think it may pass just to the north and east of Billings Wednesday afternoon.

By Thursday, we’re expecting to be between weather disturbances and a mostly sunny sky should prevail.

Our temps will probably dip back down to the upper 30s Tuesday night for the overnight low.

Then they’ll bounce back into the upper 50s for a high temperature on Wednesday and keep going to the upper 70s by Friday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 37 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny with a 30% chance for rain in the afternoon and breezy. West winds 15 to 25 mph. High 58 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny, breezy and warmer. West winds 15 to 25 mph. High 66 degrees.