Q2 Weather: Storms could produce heavy rain, hail and wind

Posted at 5:06 AM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 07:16:16-04

BILLINGS – First comes very warm temperatures and then the threat of strong to severe thunderstorms.

Severe thunderstorms are possible both Thursday and Friday. On Thursday the strongest storms will be west of Billings and are capable of producing large hail, damaging winds, and pockets of locally heavy rain.

Friday, the strongest storms will shift into the eastern plains and into the Dakotas.

Ahead of the storms, highs on Thursday will jet up to the upper 80s to low 90s, then downshift to the 60s to low 80s Friday with widespread rain and rain showers.

By Saturday, temperatures will only reach the 60s in many places with scattered showers.

Friday night through Saturday, snow will fall above 7,000 feet. That could mean impacts on the Beartooth Highway.

Billings forecast:

Thursday… Very warm with increasing clouds.  High near 92. Isolated afternoon and evening storms could be severe.

Thursday night… Decreasing clouds.  Only a 20% chance of thunderstorms, but those storms have the potential of wind and hail.  Low of about 60.

Friday… A good chance of rain and a possible afternoon thunderstorm. Around 70 for the high.