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Q2 Weather: Billings gets another shot at winter

Posted at 2:24 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 16:24:00-05

BILLINGS — Tuesday is not quite as pretty as Monday and the temperatures are little bit cooler, but at least we are expected to stay into the 40s this afternoon in Billings.

At 2 p.m., the temperature was 42 degrees in Billings with the northeast wind at 5 mph. Around the rest of the state, the temperatures in the afternoon were mostly into the 30s and 40s with most of the 30s along the Hi-Line.

That's because that's where our threat board is starting to populate. We have a Winter Storm Warning for the Rocky Mountain front for 3 to 6 inches of snow in the valleys and 10 inches of snow and mountains.

A little farther to the south we have a Winter Weather Advisory for 1 to 3 inches of snow in the valleys and 3 to 6 inches of snow in the mountains around Missoula and Butte.

Along the Hi-Line, we have a Winter Weather Advisory for 1 to 5 inches of snow and icy roads possible, also we could see 5 to 8 inches of snow up in the Northeast corner the state where we have another Winter Storm Warning.

The Doppler radar shows you the story of moisture streaming up out of the southwest, arching up past Billings and heading up along the Hi-Line.

The high-resolution forecast model shows we could just see some rain showers Tuesday afternoon in the Billings area. Most of the snow will stay jammed up across the Hi-Line.

Eventually the rain will dry up, and most of the snowfall seems to spin around Billings and Miles City, leaving these two cities virtually untouched.

On Thursday, the snow leaves the region and the sun comes back out.

Most of the heaviest amounts of snow will stay along the Hi-Line and range from 2 to 6 inches of snow at Havre to Great Falls.

Our temperatures are expected to fall throughout the afternoon. They bottom out somewhere in the low 30s Wednesday morning.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance for rain likely in the evening, then rain and snow mixed overnight. No snow accumulation is expected. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 31 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy and colder with a 50% chance for snow and colder. North winds 5 to 15 mph. High 35 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and still cool. South winds 5 to 15 mph. High 37 degrees.