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Q2 Weather: First full day of spring looks marginal for Billings

Posted at 5:09 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 19:09:37-04

BILLINGS — It is Friday afternoon in the Big Sky and welcome to the first full day of spring. In Billings, spring greeted us with mostly cloudy skies and a little haze in the air with cooler temperatures.

It was 27 degrees at 2 p.m. Since then, the temperature warmed up to 30 degrees a half hour later, under a mostly cloudy sky.

Around the rest of the state, temperatures are much warmer out in the west in the 30s and 40s. Back in the East, it's mostly 20s and 30s, although Cut Bank was 19 degrees.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows only cloudy skies across southern Montana. Most of the snow continues to stay confined to Idaho and northwestern Wyoming.

The high-resolution forecast model shows mostly cloudy skies across south-central Montana, maybe a few scattered flurries around the Beartooth Mountains Friday night.

By Saturday morning, we will enjoy mostly sunny skies in the Billings area with cloudy skies up in the northeast corner of the state.

A new batch of moisture is expected to move in by Saturday evening and Sunday morning. We could see some scattered snow showers move in to Billings around 3 a.m. Snowfall should be light.

By Sunday afternoon, the sun comes back out again.

Our temperatures will continue to stay into the 30s. Next hour then roll back down into the 20s tonight and up to 36 degrees, Saturday afternoon.

We will top out in the 50s on Saturday and Sunday. Up to 60 degrees, on Monday then roll back down to the 40s by midweek.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clearing later and cool. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 24 degrees

SATURDAY: Sunny and warmer. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 52 degrees.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for snow in the morning sunny skies in the afternoon. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 51 degrees.