BILLINGS — As on Thursday, another minor weather impulse was moving to the Billings area early Friday afternoon. We are not expecting it to stay too long and accumulate too much snow. In fact, a lot is melting as soon as it hits the streets.
In the early afternoon, the temperature was 30 degrees with light snow falling in Billings. The Doppler radar shows you the snow continues to come out of the northwest. It is following the jet stream and another batch of snow could move in before the day is done.
At the same time, some dryer air will be moving in before the next batch of snow, and we might see a couple sun breaks in the cloud cover.
Around the rest of the state, our current temperatures are mostly into the 20s and 30s everywhere we look.
The threat board is still filling up with winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings. Snowfall amounts vary anywhere from two inches of additional snow to up to 24 inches of snow in the Beartooth Mountains.
The high-resolution forecast model shows little impulse will continue to push on through the region this afternoon, but by 6 p.m. Friday night it should be gone.
A new batch of snow arrives at 10 a.m. Saturday and then one final big batch of snow moves through Saturday night at 10 p.m. It too will move out of the region and by Sunday morning, this event will be over.
Forecast models seem to think that Billings will just see some light snow. Everyone else will be getting from 1 to 2, or maybe as much is 4 to 6 inches of snow.
Our temperatures will continue to get up to 33 degrees next hour, then roll back down into the 20s for the rest of the day and back up to 38 degrees by 2 p.m. Saturday.
We will actually top out at 43 degrees on Saturday, then back into the 30s at the start of next week. We will possibly be topping out at 40 degrees on Tuesday and then the return of cold air arrives after midweek next week.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for snow in the evening. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 25 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for snow in the morning mixing with rain in the afternoon. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph the morning increasing out of the West at 15 to 25 mi./h in the afternoon. High 43 degrees.
SUNDAY: Decreasing clouds and cooler. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 34 degrees.