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Q2 Weather: Cooking up heat and afternoon thunderstorms in Billings area

Posted: 4:16 PM, Aug 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-14 18:17:43-04
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BILLINGS- It started off to be another beautiful day here in Billings, but now the clouds are starting to roll in.

However, the temperatures are still holding fast mostly into the 80s in eastern Montana, generally 70s out in the West at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Our thunderstorm outlook for Wednesday does show some isolated thunderstorms possible from Billings out westward.

East of Billings, we have a marginal risk of severe storms from Glasgow to Miles City down to Sheridan, Wyo.

We also have an increased risk of severe storms in Powder River and Carter counties of southeastern Montana.

In the early afternoon, we see no showers and thunderstorms heading that way, but we do see some scattered showers across Garfield County over in the northeast corner the state.

The high-resolution forecast model shows we could see big thunderstorms move into northwest Yellowstone County around Broadview about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

We could also see a few light showers move into the Billings area early Thursday morning, and then the big stuff returns later that night around midnight.

Temperatures will get kind of hot Wednesday, getting back up to the upper 80s. Then they roll back down to the low 60s in the morning and back up to 83 for the high on Thursday.

Temperatures will continue to stay into the 80s through Saturday and then jump up to the 90s, at the beginning of next week, on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 60 degrees.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny with a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 83 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, mild and dry. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 80 degrees.