Q2 Weather: Smoke and storms lurking Friday

Posted at 6:08 AM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 08:30:44-04

BILLINGS – Thunderstorms and smoke highlight Friday’s weather. And they are both from Canada.

Smoke from Canadian wildfires will be creating a haze and might burn your eyes a bit Friday.

A cold front is also moving down from Canada, and that will create areas of rain and thunderstorms this afternoon.

The slow-moving storms have the potential to create pockets of heavy rain, especially in areas to the west and south of Billings. Where the ground is already saturated from recent storms, these downpours increase the risk of flooding.

The Tongue River and Powder River, along with the streams and creeks that feed them, are running high and fast. Flood Warnings and Flood Watches remain.

Highs temperatures on Friday will be off to the mid-60s to mid-70s. Saturday, a few mainly higher elevations thunderstorms for the afternoon and evening. Otherwise, sunny and warming to the 70s and low 80s.

Billings forecast:

Friday… Areas of smoke. Increasing afternoon clouds with scattered showers and thunderstorms by the afternoon. High near 73.

Friday night… Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Patchy smoke. Low of about 52.

Saturday… Mainly sunny with a high around 80. An isolated afternoon shower or thunderstorms is possible.