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Q2 Weather: A fresh batch of rain moves into Billings Friday night

Posted at 2:36 PM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 16:36:01-04

BILLINGS — The sunny skies we had earlier Friday are starting to cloud up, thanks to a new batch of rain and snow that's moving in from the west.

However, Billings has managed to get into the low 60s in the early afternoon and might go higher before the rain moves in.

Around the rest of the state, the temps are mostly into the 40s along the Hi-Line with 50s and 60s just about everywhere else at 2 p.m.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows a line of showers is moving in from the west. We are seeing rain from Cody all we up just west of Billings and into the Lewistown area.

This is all part of a new cold front that's sweeping across the state and pulling a little moisture along with it.

Our high-resolution forecast model shows that line of showers slowly moving east Friday afternoon, and we are still expecting rain showers through 6 p.m.

In fact, the showers could linger through 11:30 p.m. After that, the showers slide away by Saturday morning, and sunny skies return.

We could see a new batch of moisture move in about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, but that moves out by 10 p.m. Saturday. This totally set us up with mostly sunny skies for Sunday.

Rainfall amounts are expected to be fairly light for Billings- about 0.03 inches- while Livingston could see almost three-quarters of an inch of rain or snow and Sheridan, Wyoming about a quarter of an inch, with rain or snow.

Our temperatures are expected to roll back down to about 39 degrees in the morning and back up to about 56 degrees for the high on Saturday.

We will top out at 69 degrees on Tuesday, then another cold front moves in and knocks us back to the 40s on Wednesday and Thursday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 90% chance for rain showers and possibly thunderstorms early in the evening, then more rain showers overnight. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 39 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny, windy and continued mild. West winds 15 to 25 mph. Look for a 20% chance for rain Saturday evening. High 56 degrees.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and a little but warmer. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 59 degrees.