Q2 Weather: Kind of a cool and wet pattern most of the week for Billings

Posted at 4:12 PM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 18:12:56-04

BILLINGS- It is another cloudy, gloomy and chilly Monday in Billings. The early afternoon temperatures around the eastern part of the State are mostly into the 40s, including Billings.

The Doppler radar shows most of the rain and snow are south of Billings in the Bighorn and Beartooth mountains, with a little light rain in central Carbon County.

The high-resolution forecast model does show a new cold front starting to develop in southern Canada in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

In the meantime, the computer models are suggesting that some scattered showers will be moving into western Montana traveling from north to south and remaining just west of Billings.

Because of the southerly nature of these isolated showers, we only expect a slight chance of rain to move into the Billings area on Tuesday afternoon.

However, they might produce more isolated snow showers in the Crazy, Beartooth and Absaroka mountains.

A cold front that’s been jammed up in southern Canada will eventually start moving down into Montana by Wednesday morning.

The computer shows that cold front will push some rain showers through the Billings area by Wednesday afternoon.

There might be just enough instability to create a clap of thunder or two, but the storms are not expected to be severe.

The high temperatures for the rest of the week are expected remain kind of cool. Mostly into the 50s, but they are expected to jump up into the 70s on Saturday and Sunday.


TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy and dry. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 35 degrees.

TUESDAY:  Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for rain in the morning then scattered rain showers with a slight chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. High 58 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny with a 40% chance for rain in the morning then a chance for rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph in the morning shifting to the East in the afternoon. High 56 degrees.