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Q2 Weather: Billings sees the calm before the storm

Posted at 3:19 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 17:19:47-05

BILLINGS — A few clouds and sunshine greeted Billings this Tuesday afternoon. Although the temperatures were not real warm, they were better than what we had Monday. At 2 p.m. in Billings, it was 32 degrees with mostly sunny skies.

Around the rest of the state, temperatures are mostly into the 20s and 30s, with most of the 30s in extreme eastern Montana and also on of the other side of the mountains, near Kalispell and Missoula.

The threat board is starting to fill up with a Winter Weather Advisory starting in the southwest near Idaho and pushing all the way toward north-central Montana by Havre.

We could see 4 to 8 inches of snow near Idaho and 1 to 3 inches of snow elsewhere, until you get up to the Hi-Line. Then we could see maybe 2 to 5 inches of snow up there.

In Eastern Montana, we have a Winter Storm Watch that begins later on Thursday evening and goes through Saturday evening.

There we could see anywhere from 5 to 13 inches of snow, with locally higher amounts elsewhere.

But Tuesday, we seem to be in between weather disturbances are. Storm number one hit Denver this morning and continues to move into the central plains, while storm number two is moving into Oregon and also has our name on it.

Storm two will continue to move into Idaho later Tuesday and produce scattered snow showers there and all the way to western Montana.

It will continue to snow through Wednesday in that area and eventually start sending a little bit of snow in towards eastern Montana by Wednesday night and Thursday.

The computer models are suggesting we will see just light snow in Billings through 11 p.m. Thursday.

However, on Black Friday, it could look more like white Friday in Billings with 6 to 10 inches of snow there with a possible 20 inches at Miles City and Glasgow.

We will top out at 32 on Wednesday, then roll it back into the 20s on Friday and Saturday, when we get our heavy snow, then back to 34 degrees and out the snow by Monday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy cool and dry. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 20 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy cool and dry. East winds 5 to 15 mph. High 32 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance for snow in the morning then a 30% chance for snow in the afternoon. North winds 5 to 15 mph. High 28 degrees.