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Q2 Weather: Billings still has a chance for more snow

Posted at 2:41 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 16:41:09-05

BILLINGS — After picking up a couple inches of snow in Billings over the weekend, the warmer temperatures this afternoon are starting to thaw out the roads.

At 2 p.m., it's 32 degrees in Billings with a southwest wind at 15 mph gives a feeling like a temperature of 22 degrees.

Around the rest of the state, temperatures are mostly into the teens and 20s up in the northeast but 30s out west and 30s across south-central Montana.

The only threat we have a threat board right now is a Winter Weather Advisory for southern Big Horn County from 3 p.m. Monday until 9 a.m. Tuesday for 2 to 5 inches of snow.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows where that snow is coming from. The jet streams are taking some snow right out of Canada, pushing it past Havre and sending it just east of Billings and right in to Big Horn County.

In fact, the high-resolution forecast model shows where the cold front is right now. The cold front will continue to drop a little bit farther south Monday night, giving Billings a chance for some more snow showers as it back doors into south-central Montana.

Then on Tuesday, that cold front becomes an oscillating stationary front that will move back and forth, east and west. This will allow Billings to warm up during the day and cool back down at night and bring us a threat of some snow showers.

On Wednesday afternoon, the precipitation will continue to move into much of Montana, but it will be too warm for snow in Billings and will probably come down as rain.

Our temperatures will continue to get up to right around freezing and then cool back down into the low 20s in the morning over the next few days.

In fact, we expect to see our temperatures rise into the mid-40s by on Wednesday through Friday then back into the 30s over the weekend.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy this evening and overnight with a 70% chance for snow after 3 AM and warmer. Snow accumulation around 1 inch is expected. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph this evening shifting to the South 5 to 10 mph overnight. Low 18 degrees.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy and a little but warmer. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph high 38 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and continued warmer. West winds 10 to 20 mph high 42 degrees.