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Q2 weather: Quiet for a few days, then rain this weekend in Billings

Posted: 3:28 PM, Jun 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-04 17:28:57-04

BILLINGS- It is another picture-perfect day in Billings. This is especially true this time of year when the grass and the trees are so vividly green.

The early afternoon temperature in Billings had already cooked up to 80 degrees.

Around the rest of the state, the temperatures are mostly to the 60s and 70s and the same was true in northern Wyoming.

This, as to offer testament to the quietness of the day’s weather pattern, the thunderstorm outlook shows only isolated thunderstorms possible in extreme southern Montana on Tuesday.

In fact, it is so clear, the Doppler radar is in what we call the clear air mode, which makes it a little more sensitive than what we normally have.

In this clear air mode, we are picking up something we call ground clutter. The radar beam is actually bouncing off the mountains.

And around the rest of the state, there is not a cloud to be found or raindrop to be seen.

Even on our high-resolution forecast model, we are only expecting to see some afternoon splash and dash showers around the Beartooth and Bighorn Mountains.

We will continue to see this weather pattern through Wednesday into Thursday.

On Thursday afternoon, the next cold front will start moving into Kalispell in northwestern Montana.

This is a cold front that will bring a weather pattern change, one that will bring cooler temperatures and a rainy weekend.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly clear and continued warm. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening shifting to the Southwest overnight. Low 57 degrees.

 WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and continued warm. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph the morning shifting to the East in the afternoon. High 83 degrees.

 THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and getting warmer. South winds 5 to 10 mph with a 20% chance for thunderstorms that evening. High 89 degrees.