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Q2 Weather: Billings starts moving into December from here

Posted at 2:35 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 16:35:42-05

BILLINGS — At the Pryor Mountains south of Billings, a snowstorm is going over the edge Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile, back in the Billings area, we see a few holes in the clouds, partly cloudy skies and 38 degrees.

Our wind is out of the east at about 5 mph.

Around the rest of the state, current temps are mostly into the 20s and 30s east of the Divide, but Missoula and Great Falls are already up in the low 40s.

On the threat board, we still have a Dense Fog Advisory for Valley County in northeastern Montana until 6 a.m. Friday. There, visibility is down to a quarter-mile or less and continues to be very foggy.

Thursday afternoon, the Doppler radar still showed a few lingering minor snow flurries across south-central Montana.

This is what is left of a minor shortwave weather disturbance that dropped down out of northwest Montana Wednesday night.

The high-resolution forecast model shows we will probably see partly cloudy skies in Billings the rest of the day and even part of Friday morning.

However, by Friday evening into Saturday, a fresh supply of moisture moves in and we will see scattered snow showers move up from Wyoming and cover much of central and southern Montana.

Those snow showers should last half the day and a fresh supply of moisture starts moving into the southwestern mountains on Sunday.

It will be 35 degrees at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. We cool back down into the 20s in the morning, then back up to 31 degrees about 1:30 p.m. Friday.

We will top out at 34 on Friday and we will keep it in the 30s through the weekend and into the beginning part of next week. On Wednesday of next week, we will pop back up to 43 degrees.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and much colder. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 22 degrees.

FRIDAY: Cloudy, cool and dry. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. High 34 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for snow in the morning and into the early afternoon. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 33 degrees.