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Q2 Weather: We still have a marginal threat of severe storms this evening

Posted: 3:09 PM, May 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-16 17:09:29-04

Mostly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures are what’s on tap for Billings this Thursday afternoon.

We also have a threat of some severe thunderstorms moving in a little later this evening, but in the meantime, the current temperature is at 52 degrees this afternoon.

Other temperatures around the rest of the state are mostly in the 40s and 50s in eastern Montana but out west, it is a little warmer with temps in the 60s.

The thunderstorm outlook for today does show a marginal risk of severe storms in southern Montana and northern Wyoming and a few isolated thunderstorms are possible around Great Falls to Miles City.

The 0.05 inches of rain we had this morning has diffused our threat of severe thunderstorms for the rest of the afternoon.

However, all we need is the sun to come out and warm up the atmosphere and that could create the lift we need to make the big thunderstorms.

Farther down south in Jackson, Wyoming, we see some bigger thunderstorms developing and the computer models show that those storms could move into Billings by 8 p.m.

Another batch of rain moves in at 6 a.m. Friday morning and then 6 p.m. Friday evening. By Saturday it will be a combination of rain and snow mixed in the morning turning to all rain in the afternoon.

The computer model suggested Billings could see anywhere from 3/4 to 1 inch of rainfall by Saturday afternoon.

Temps will take a drastic fall from 60s Friday down to the mid-40s on Saturday, then work their way up to the 50s by the middle part of next week.

BILLINGS FORECAST

 TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with an 80 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Some thunderstorms may be severe. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall late in the evening. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 51 degrees.

 FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 70 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the morning then more rain likely in the afternoon. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. High 62 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 70 percent chance for showers off and on throughout the day. North winds 10 to 20 mph. High 46 degrees.