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Q2 Billings Area Weather: Warmest days so far but thunderstorms loom

Posted at 5:43 AM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 08:04:00-04

BILLINGS — The warmest day so far this year, followed by the day with the best potential for thunderstorms we have seen this season.

Wednesday highs will pop to the 70s and low 80s. Southern Montana and Northern Wyoming will be sunny to mostly with light winds.

A few snow and rain showers could develop over the mountains west of Billings overnight through early Thursday with some signs a few showers cloud move off the foothills. Warm overnight with the lows in the 40s to mid-50s.

Highs still reach 70s to low 80s Thursday, but the warmest readings will be east of Billings. Clouds increase form west to east.

The components for thunderstorms that could produce gusty winds and small hail are in place Thursday afternoon and decrease by early Friday morning. The best storm potential is west and north of Billings, but storms could pop anywhere.

Billings forecast:

Wednesday… Mostly sunny with a high of about 80. West breeze up to 10 mph.

Wednesday night… Mostly cloudy with a mild low of around 56.

Thursday… Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of a morning shower, increasing to scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Close to 77 for the high. Light west wind, except around storms.