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Q2 Weather: A quiet pattern for a couple of days in Montana

Posted at 5:36 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 19:36:23-04

BILLINGS — Just look at that beautiful blue sky out there. It's a sign that the storms have come and gone and that the weather will eventually start to improve.

In the Billings area, temperatures are already warming up. They started in the low teens Monday morning and are back up to the mid-20s in the early afternoon.

In fact, we're expecting kind of a quiet weather pattern for a couple of days.

Around the rest of the state, temps are mostly to the 20s. East of the Divide, we started warming into the teens 20s, 30s and even 40s west of the Divide.

By now, the Doppler radar shows a dry scope, except for a few scattered snow flurries around the Glasgow area and also down around the Teton Mountain range in Wyoming.

The high-resolution forecast model shows a warm front is sweeping from the mountains, all the way into the central part of the state Monday evening and into eastern Montana by Tuesday morning.

We do see a new cold front dropping down from Canada Tuesday morning, which will take most of the day to get to Billings.

But once it gets here, it will tap into some moisture that's coming from a huge storm off the California coast.

That storm continues to sling copious amounts of moisture into the northern Rockies.

But since there are a number of mountain ranges for it to get over, the forecast models shows that it will probably be just light snow making its way to the Billings area on Wednesday.

Our temps will continue to stay into the 30s Monday afternoon and drop back down to the teens in the morning and get back up to 44 degrees Tuesday afternoon.

We will top out at 47 degrees on Tuesday, then back down to 33 degrees on Thursday, and then work our way back up into the 50s by the end of the weekend.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly clear, and cold. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 15 degrees.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. South winds 5 to 15 mph. High 47 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy and colder. Look for a 30% chance for rain and freezing rain in the morning, mixed with snow. Then all rain and snow in the afternoon. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. High 37 degrees.