Q2 Weather: Severe storm potential starts late Thursday

Posted at 5:29 AM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 08:26:40-04

BILLINGS – We make the switch from “warm” to “storm” over the next few days.

High temperatures Wednesday will be back to 75 to 85 degrees across southern Montana and northern Wyoming. Overall conditions will be very similar to Tuesday with a few isolated storms favoring the mountains in the afternoon and evening.

Thursday will be the hottest day for a while with a high in the upper 80s to low 90s. Thunderstorms will develop from Billings to the west on Thursday afternoon and evening. Some of the storms could produce large hail and damaging winds.

This fast-moving weather system should produce brief storms, but some of the pockets of rain could be very heavy.

The focus changes to east of Billings on Friday. Expect a general cool down with scattered showers and thunderstorms, but the chance of severe storms is best east of Billings towards the Dakotas.

Saturday looks especially cool with showers and highs only in the 50s to mid 60s.

Billings forecast:

Wednesday… Sunny to mostly sunny with a high near 84. Winds will be light invariable.

Wednesday night… Partly to mostly clear with a low around 58.

Thursday… Mostly sunny and hot with a high of about 92. A slight chance of late afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms, but storms that do develop could be strong to severe with damaging winds or hail.