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Q2 Weather: A new storm means more rain and snow to come

Posted: 3:31 PM, May 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-20 17:31:55-04

All the rain last week has certainly done one thing, turned the leaves on the trees and the grass green.

Right now, it’s still a little on the chilly side on this Monday, it’s only 47° at 2 p.m. this afternoon.

Elsewhere around the state are temps are mostly to the 30s and 40s, although Livingston is reporting 39°.

Our thunderstorm Outlook does show a threat of some isolated thunderstorms in the Southwest corner of the state today, but they are not expected to be severe.

However, tomorrow we have a winter storm watch for the Crazy, Beartooth and Bighorn Mountains, there, they could receive up over a foot of snow by Wednesday evening.

Right now, the Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows some scattered light rain showers moving in from northern Wyoming and snow up in the higher elevations of the Beartooths, Absaroka’s and Crazy mountains.

Just like last week, this is all brought about by an upper level Low pressure cell spinning its way into the four corner states. The Low is slinging a lot of moisture back up toward Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.

Plus, there is as another Low-pressure cell just offshore which will probably be moving on the same track, later this week.

The computer forecast model shows we will probably see more rain and snow up in the higher elevations and rain down the valleys, just West of Billings this afternoon.

More rain is set to move into Billings and south-central Montana and the Southeast by 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.

We expect to see more rain to continue off and on right through Wednesday afternoon.

The computer models estimate another inch of rain is expected for Billings and much of south-central Montana, by the time Saturday afternoon rolls around.

Our temperatures will slowly work their way back up into the 60s on Friday and Saturday but we are expecting rain every day this week.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for rain showers this evening then more rain expected overnight. There is an 80% chance for rain showers overnight. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 39°.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy rain likely in the morning then rain again in the afternoon. The chance of rain is 80%. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. High 52°.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 90% chance for more rain. North winds 10 to 20 mph. High 56°