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Q2 Weather: Billings to see light rain and snow flurries Halloween night

Posted at 3:35 PM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 17:35:09-04

BILLINGS — Billings was met with cloudy skies, cold temperatures at a chance for some snow on this Halloween. All of this thanks to a cold front that dropped down from Canad, overnight Wednesday.

The temperatures in Billings and the rest of south-central Montana were slow to warm up Thursday.

So far, we've seen 20s in the western part of the state, 30s in central Montana, but the hotspots go up to the northeast corner the state where temps there are in the 40s.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows scattered snow showers all around Montana. It looks like Billings just missed a batch of snow that slipped to the south and west.

The high-resolution forecast model shows we can expect scattered rain and snow showers all over Montana as the rest of the afternoon wears on.

The cold front continues to drop down in southern Montana and eventually into Wyoming Thursday night. As it does, it'll bring rain showers that will turn to snow around 8 p.m.

Those snow showers will drop a little farther south into Wyoming early Friday morning. High pressure and sunny skies should move in for most of Friday afternoon and night.

By Saturday, a new cold front moves through the region and brings a chance for additional rain showers in the afternoon.

Then on Sunday, another system moves in with rain changing into snow Sunday night and early Monday morning and continuing through Tuesday.

The snowfall will cause additional travel difficulties next week. The best chance for accumulating snow was west on a line from Hysham to Broadus. Light snow is possible, east of that line.

Temperatures Thursday will get up to 36 degrees, then roll back down to 28 degrees in the morning and up to 39 degrees by 3 p.m.

We will top out at 41 on Friday and up to 47 on Sunday. The new cold front moves through early next week and temps roll back to the 20s.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for snow showers in the evening. Then light snow showers expected overnight. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 25 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and getting warmer. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 41 degrees.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny and warmer still. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 46 degrees.