Q2 Weather: Warmer temps and a little less rain on the horizon

Posted at 11:36 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 01:36:54-04

We have a little light rain and some virga moving into the Billings area this Wednesday afternoon, however, the temperature is still fairly comfortable at 54° at 2 p.m.

Elsewhere around the state our temps are mostly to the 40s and 50s out West, 50s and low 60s back in the East, Glasgow is reporting 61 at 2 p.m.

Our thunderstorm Outlook does show a slight risk of some showers and thunderstorms in Eastern Montana, to include the city of Billings.

The Doppler radar does several lines of showers caught up in a northwesterly flow of air which will continue to move into the Billings area and Eastern Montana as the day goes on.

The big story still shows a giant trough in the upper levels moving into the Rocky Mountains states producing scattered rain showers in the four corner states, all the way up to Montana.

As far as today is concerned, we do see one surface trough which will track across central Montana and into the East, bringing some spotty rain showers.

The high resolution forecast shows the skies of the clearing up on Thursday morning and stay fairly sunny throughout most of the day Thursday on into Friday.

On Friday a new cold front starts moving into the Northwest corner the state but it will take all day to get to the Billings area and eventually pass through by Saturday morning.

This will allow us to warm up into the upper 70s on Friday, but then roll back down into the 60s over the Easter weekend. We will stay in the 50s and 60s as we start up next week.


TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and windy with a 20% chance for evening rain showers, then mostly clear skies overnight. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph gusting to 40 mph this evening. Low 41°.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 70°.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer still. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 78°.