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Q2 Weather: Billings' January white sale in October

Posted at 3:21 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 17:21:52-04

BILLINGS — The snow continues to fly in much of south-central Montana Monday afternoon, making driving especially difficult. In some cases, walking is not easy.

At 2 p.m., the temperature was 21 degrees in the Billings area and the snow continued to fall. Around the rest of the state, the temperatures were very cold with temps mostly into the teens and 20s.

The Doppler radar shows the heaviest bands of snow showers have moved through the Billings area earlier Monday afternoon. It looks like those bands will continue march their way toward the Pryor Mountains south of Billings.

There is a Winter Storm Warning for the Beartooth foothills through noon Tuesday for 6 to 9 inches of snow and 30 mile-per-hour winds. Elsewhere, a Winter Storm Warning continues on the Rocky Mountain front, and in the Big and Little Snowy Mountains.

Once again, snowfall amounts vary anywhere from 1 to 3 inches up by Kalispell to 4 to 6 inches between Butte and Helena. In addition, we have a Winter Weather Advisory for various amounts of snow throughout the rest of western Montana.

Plus, skies clear up in the northwest Monday night with wind chills are expected to drop down to -10 to -25°.

The main culprit is this cold front that's dropped down from Canada. It continues to push its way into Wyoming the rest of the night. But more surges of moisture are expected to move through overnight and increase snow totals.

By Tuesday, high pressure starts moving into the region and starts clearing out the skies, but temperatures will remain pretty chilly.

Snowfall amounts will continue to remain light across much of south-central Montana and range anywhere from 1 to 2 inches to possibly 2 to 4 inches at Livingston.

Temperatures will continue to roll back down to the single digits for overnight lows Monday, then bounce back up into the teens Tuesday afternoon.

In fact, the temps will slowly but surely work their way up to 50 degrees by the time next Sunday gets here.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy and colder and with a 60% chance for some additional light snow. New snowfall amounts are expected to be an inch or less. North winds will 10 to 20 mph. Which could cause windchill factors to be as low as -10°. Low -6.

TUESDAY: Decreasing clouds but still cold. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph, causing wind chill readings to be as low as five above the five below zero. High 19 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and a little warmer. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 29 degrees.