Q2 Weather: Storms for now, pretty chilly ahead

Posted at 5:52 AM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 07:55:11-04

BILLINGS- A chance of strong to severe storms in portions of the area this afternoon and evening. And we’re still on track for a cool down later in the week.

High temperatures will be mainly in the 70s to low 80s Wednesday, with an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms by early afternoon. Expect clouds to increase through the day.

The Storm Prediction Center has targeted areas to the south and east of Billings for the risk of larger hail, damaging winds, and pockets of heavy rain. Some showers and thunderstorms could linger well into the evening in Southeast Montana.

Temperatures Thursday morning will be cooler, with most readings in the 40s. By the afternoon high temperatures will only reach the mid to upper 60s, or about 10 degrees cooler than Wednesday.

Expect widespread showers and thunderstorms by Thursday afternoon and evening, but the risk of strong to severe storms is much lower.

The coolest day the week is still looking like Friday with highs in the mid to lower 60s for the lower elevations, and as cool as the 50s for areas like Red Lodge and Cooke City. The higher elevations will see some snow accumulation.

Billings forecast:

Wednesday… Increasing clouds with a high near 80. Showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon and early evening.

Wednesday night… A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Cooler, with a low of about 49.

Thursday… A mix of clouds and sun with a 30% chance of an afternoon shower thunderstorm. Much cooler, with a high around 67.