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Q2 Weather: A shot of snow to show Billings is still in winter

Posted at 3:34 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 18:03:59-05

BILLINGS — Billings got its fair share of snow Thursday as a quick weather disturbance passed through about 1 p.m.

The early afternoon temperatures continued to stay into the upper 20s and 30s around south-central Montana and northern Wyoming.

We do see some 40s already over in Helena, Great Falls and Havre. But the big story Thursday is the snow storm moving into the southwestern Montana and into northern Wyoming.

We currently have a Winter Weather Advisory for the area shaded in purple and a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snowfall amounts ranging from 10 to almost 24 inches of snow in the Beartooth Mountains.

For Billings, the snow has already come and gone and now we still see a little of the snow down in Big Horn County and parts of Carbon County. There, we could see 2 to 5 inches of snow out of this event.

The Doppler radar shows light snowfall at Great Falls and it follows the jet stream all we way down in northern Wyoming. Plus we have a little more snow hanging around Missoula.

The high-resolution forecast model shows most of the snowfall continues to move into eastern Montana, parts of northern Wyoming and western Montana. It seems like the snow is parked over there.

It now looks like most of the snow will continue to fall around the Billings area but not so much here until sometime early Saturday morning.

The computer models continue to estimate only light snow for Billings on Saturday. The heavier snow amounts will be falling around Butte and Bozeman.

Our temperatures will continue to roll back down to the 20s over the next 24 hours, then bounce back to 34 degrees by 3 p.m. Friday.

Our temperatures will continue to zoom up to the 40s on Saturday, then back down into the low 30s as we begin next week. By midweek, we see only 18 degrees for the high on Wednesday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance for snow in the evening, then snow likely overnight with little or no accumulation. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 25 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance for snow likely in the morning. Then partly sunny skies for the rest of the afternoon. Snow accumulations will be an inch or less. West winds 5 to 10 mph. High 36 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for snow. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 41 degrees.