Q2 Weather: Another afternoon and evening of possible severe storms in Billings

Posted at 2:19 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 16:21:00-04

BILLINGS- The Billings National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. for all of southern Montana and northern Wyoming.

In the early afternoon, the skies are starting to cloud up in Billings and the humidity remains rather high. You could even see it hanging in the air.

At 1:30 p.m., the temperature was 79 degrees and the humidity was 45%. this is why it feels little muggy out there.

Elsewhere around the state, our current temps are mostly to the 60s and 70s in the West. 70s and 80s back east with Jordan reporting 83 degrees.

The thunderstorm outlook for Tuesday does show an increased risk of severe storms for Billings and an enhanced risk for severe storms in the southeast corner of the state.

There is a marginal risk of severe storms in between the two, and we do see some isolated thunderstorms possible out in the west around the Bozeman area to Missoula.

The Doppler radar shows the same story we have been seeing for several days now: showers and thunderstorms developing over the mountains, following the jet stream down onto the plains and heading toward Billings.

Some of the cells in the Beartooth mountains do contain some small hail at this time.

The high-resolution forecast model shows those thunderstorms are expected to reach Billings by about 4:30 this afternoon.

That other batch of rain moves into Billings about 10:30 p.m. with drying skies Wednesday morning and sprinkles moving in by 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Our afternoon high temperatures will continue to get up into the 80s every day right on through Monday of next week.


TONIGHT: Severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance for showers and thunderstorms likely in the evening and again overnight. Some thunderstorms may be severe with large hail and heavy rainfall. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 59 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 83 degrees.

 THURSDAY: Mostly sunny, dry and warmer. West winds 5 to 10 mph. High 87 degrees.