Q2 Weather: Finally a little break from all the severe weather in Billings

Posted at 2:24 PM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 16:33:05-04

BILLINGS- For a change, we don’t see any showers and thunderstorms coming up the interstate right at Billings Wednesday.

But what we do see is a few cloudy skies and 82 degrees in the early afternoon. Around the rest of the state, temps are mostly in the 60s and 70s in the west with 70s and 80s in the east.

The thunderstorm outlook for Wednesday does show a marginal risk of severe thunderstorms across much of southeastern Montana.

We also have an increased risk of severe storms in the extreme southeast corner of the state in Carter and Fallon counties.

At the moment, the jet stream continues to come out of the southwest and track across southern Montana and exit somewhere around east-central Montana.

To the north of the jet stream, we do see a few thunderstorms through Prairie, McCone, Dawson and Richland counties.

Unlike the last few days, the storms are not severe, but they do contain brief periods of heavy rain and small hail as they race their way out of the state.

The High-Resolution forecast model does show mostly dry conditions across the Billings area until 6 p.m. tonight, then we might see some light rainfall move through.

At 10:30 p.m. those showers track over into the extreme Eastern edge of the state. We expect mostly dry conditions on Thursday morning in Billings, then more light rain could move through Thursday evening.

Our temperatures are expected to remain somewhat comfortable over the next few days but work their way back into the low 90s by the middle part of next week.


 TONIGHT: Turning cloudy with a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 60 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny, and little but warmer but mostly dry. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 85 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and continued mild. West winds 5 to 10 mph the morning shifting to the Northeast in the afternoon. High 81 degrees.