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Q2 Weather: Billings still on track for more winter weather

Posted at 3:41 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 17:41:35-04

BILLINGS — Mostly cloudy skies, warm temperatures and a couple sprinkles is what we are seeing in Billings Wednesday afternoon.

The wind is just a little breezy here, helping to drive the temperature up to 58 degrees in the early afternoon.

Around the rest of the state, the temps are a little bit cooler up in northwest Montana. That's where we've had some rain and snow showers associated with a cold front.

In the south-central and southeastern Montana, the temps are still mostly to the 50s because they have not seen the cold front yet.

On the threat board, we still have a number of Winter Weather Advisories from the northwest corner of the state down to the Bighorn Mountains.

That advisory stays with us through Thursday morning, where we could see 1 to 3 inches of snow in the Bighorns and 2 to 4 inches in the Beartooth foothills and as much is 2 to 5 inches of snow outside Great Falls.

We still have Small Stream Flood Advisories for Phillips, Valley and Sheridan counties due to recent snowmelt runoff. The streams, rivers and creeks are running full and are threatening the flood.

The Doppler radar shows you a whole line of snow and rain showers tracking from west to east across the northern part of the state Wednesday.

That's exactly where our cold front was Wednesday afternoon. The high-resolution forecast model shows that cold front will drop down into the Billings area about 6 p.m., bringing scattered rain and snow showers overnight.

So far most of the snow is expected to be very light. However, another cold front starts moving in on Thursday evening and drops down and to Wyoming. By Friday, Billings could start to see snow accumulate.

The European computer model shows Billings will probably see maybe 2 to 4 inches of snow by the time the end of the weekend is here with heavier amounts across north-central Montana.

Our temperatures will go from the upper 50s, Wednesday to back into the 40s on Thursday and Friday. Then drop down into the teens on Sunday and back to the 20s on Monday and Tuesday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy and colder with a 70% chance for evening rain and snow likely overnight. Little or no accumulation is expected. North winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 28 degrees.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny with a 20% chance for snow and colder. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 44 degrees.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny with a 20% chance for snow in the afternoon. East winds 5 to 15 mph. High 41 degrees.