Q2 Weather: Just a couple of stray showers or thunderstorms expected today

Posted at 2:31 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 16:31:55-04

It is only a stray shower or two that continues to move to the Billings area this afternoon.

The temperature in the early afternoon was 70 degrees, but we’re expecting the temps to cool down even a little further as the showers move by.

Other temps around the state are mostly into the 50s, 60s and even a few low 70s. Havre was the hotspot at 73 degrees this early afternoon.

Our thunderstorm Outlook talked about isolated thunderstorms across most of Montana but there is a marginal risk of severe storms in the extreme southeast corner the state.

On the threat board, we have a Flash Flood Warning until 2:45 for Garfield and McCone County. There, 5 inches of rain fell in that area today.

Plus, we have a Flash Flood Watch for the rest of northeastern Montana until 6 p.m. tonight.

And here’s the reason why a Low-pressure cell in North Dakota continues to sit and spin and send copious amounts of rainfall across the Northeast corner the state.

In south-central Montana, we see two or three waves of rainfall that have moved in and moved out. Lovell, Wyoming, had half dollar size hail around 1 p.m. this afternoon.

Our forecast model shows we will continue to see spotty showers for the rest of the afternoon. Then by 6 p.m., the rain will start to fade away and move on.

We expect mostly sunny skies and dry conditions throughout most of Wednesday.

Our temperatures will remain somewhat cool for the next 24 hours, but then jump up into the 80s by about 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

We will actually top out at 85 on Wednesday and work our way up to 91 degrees by Sunday.


 TONIGHT: Mostly clear with only a 20 percent chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms in the early evening. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 54 degrees.

 WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. South winds 5 to 10 mph. High 85 degrees.

 THURSDAY: Mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 10 mph the morning shifting to the North in the afternoon. High 87 degrees.