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Q2 Weather: Stop watching the thermometer in Billings and check the rain gauge

Posted: 4:16 PM, Apr 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-19 18:48:06-04

BILLINGS- Rain and much cooler for the weekend.

After hitting highs in the low 80s Friday, Saturday afternoon highs will drop about 15 degrees to the mid-60s.  Around another 15 degree drop is expected Sunday, with highs in the low 50s.

Clouds will begin to increase Friday evening, with showers and isolated thunderstorms around the Harlowton/Roundup area and north toward the Fort Peck region.

Grass fire weather concerns will remain high through this evening with the warm temperatures, low humidity, and wind gusts.

Widespread rain should be anticipated for Saturday and Sunday. The peak period for rain will be Saturday night through Sunday afternoon.

The highest precipitation amounts should be into the Beartooth/Absaroka foothills, with an inch of rain possible in some of the lower elevations.

Look for a warmer and drier pattern to return by Tuesday and Wednesday.

Billings forecast

Friday night… Partly cloudy with a low near 51. A slight chance of showers or isolated thunderstorms

Saturday… Mostly cloudy early, with rain likely in the possibility of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Around 64 for the high.

Sunday… Rain, decreasing later in the day. A high of about 51.