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Q2 Weather: For Billings, this is the warm before the storm

Posted at 3:22 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 17:22:57-05

BILLINGS — On Wednesday afternoon, we have a few clouds and sun breaks, and our temperature in Billings is in the upper 40s. The winds are a little breezy out of the west at 28 mph, which makes it feel like 41 degrees outside.

Around the rest of the state, our temps are mostly into the 30s in the southwest, 40s in the central part of the state and upper 20s and 30s in the northeast.

On the threat board, we still have a Winter Weather Advisory for western Montana and western Wyoming. We could still see additional snow in both areas.

Right now, the Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows snow moving into western Montana and western Wyoming. The big question is whether any of that snow make its way to the Billings area Wednesday night.

The answer is probably not. We show on our high-resolution forecast model that most of the snow remains trapped in the mountains. However, we do see the snow moving into Yellowstone County about 9 a.m. Thursday.

It will probably mix with a little rain later on that morning and then turn to all snow by 6 p.m. Thursday. We expect snow off and on overnight Thursday night and finally move on by Friday morning.

The computer suggests that Billings could pick up maybe 1 to 2 inches of snow by Friday morning, but 2 to 4 inches farther west in the mountains.

Later Wednesday afternoon, we will probably be up around 48 degrees and then roll the temperature all the way back to the mid-20s in the morning. We will top out at 27 degrees on Thursday and Friday and 37 degrees on Saturday.

After that, a new Arctic cold front will move down from Canada and afternoon highs will take a tumble down to 16 on Sunday, and all the way we down the 2 degrees for a high on Tuesday. Overnight lows are expected to go below zero.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with only isolated sprinkles. Early in the evening. Otherwise dry skies. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 24 degrees.

THURSDAY: Increasing clouds with a 40% chance for snow in the morning and again in the afternoon and much colder. North East winds 5 to 15 mph. High 27 degrees.

FRIDAY: Decreasing clouds and continued cold. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph the morning shifting to the South 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon. High 27 degrees.