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Q2 Weather: A little bumpy Friday but a nice weekend in Billings

Posted at 3:07 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 17:07:50-04

BILLINGS — On Friday in the Big Sky, we have sun breaks and a few showers off in the distance, and some of those showers have contained some small, pea-sized hail.

In Billings, we had partly cloudy skies Friday afternoon and 58 degrees with a northwest wind at 23, gusting to 30 mph.

Around the rest of the state, the temps are mostly into the 40s and 50s, although some places are getting close to 60 degrees.

The Doppler radar does show some scattered rain showers tracking through Yellowstone County, coming out of the northwest and heading to the southeast.

Some of the showers have become thunderstorms, but not severe storms.

The high-resolution forecast model shows those afternoon thundershowers will continue to track toward the southeast. And by 6 p.m. Friday, things will begin to thin out in south-central Montana.

By Saturday morning, we are looking at mostly sunny skies again but by that afternoon we start to see a few more clouds roll in from the west and scattered rain showers on the other side of the mountains.

Eventually some of those showers will make their way over the Beartooth and Crazy mountains.

But they kind of fall apart before they get to us on Sunday. Some of the showers will track right along the state line with Wyoming.

We will top out at 60 degrees next hour, then cool back down to the 30s in the morning and back up to 62 degrees about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

We will top out at 67 degrees on Saturday, then work our way up into the 70s on Sunday.

Once we get there, we will keep those 70s, through rest of next week. In fact, we could even top out at 79 on Thursday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly clear with a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the early evening. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 37 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and a little but warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph high 67 degrees.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny and warmer still. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 70 degrees.