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Q2 Weather: Friday’s round of thunderstorms are already beginning to pop around Montana

Posted: 3:07 PM, Jun 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-14 17:07:37-04

BILLINGS- It’s another active day for severe thunderstorms across Montana Friday. Although, in the Billings area, our weather is looking pretty nice.

We are enjoying mostly sunny skies with temperatures warming to the 70s into the low 80s.

Around the rest the state, we’re looking at temps mostly into the 70s and 80s. Where we have temps cooler than that is where we are seeing showers and thunderstorms.

Our thunderstorm outlook for Friday shows a large area of northern Montana, from Great Falls to Glasgow to Miles City to just north of Billings, that could see a marginal risk of severe storms.

Everywhere else we expect only isolated showers and thunderstorms.

The Doppler radar shows where the first round of thunderstorms moved through Yellowstone County around 11 a.m. Friday. The next wave has already made its way out of Lewistown and continues to move southeast at 20 mph.

Those storms do contain quarter-sized hail and continue to head towards Rosebud and Treasure counties.

So essentially our forecast for Friday is a classic scattered-showers-and-thunderstorms forecast. In fact, that’s what our high-resolution forecast model a showing.

We expect to see strong storms moving into the Billings area around 7 p.m. That after that our skies start to dry up in the morning on Saturday.

However, afternoon splash and dash thunderstorms are expected to return again Saturday evening.

BILLINGS FORECAST

 TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms this evening. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 55 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny with a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 76 degrees.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny with a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. High 77 degrees.