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Q2 Weather: Kind of a flaky forecast for Billings

Posted at 2:26 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 16:26:48-05

BILLINGS — It looks like a fresh batch of snow is starting to move into the Billings area early Tuesday afternoon. So far, Billings has measured another inch of snow overnight.

The snow depth at the airport was 2 inches Tuesday afternoon. The current temperature was in mid-teens with mostly cloudy skies and light snow at 2 p.m.

Around the rest of the state, we are mostly into the 20s and 30s out west, but east of the Divide, we still have a little pool of cold Arctic air lingering from Monday night. Most of our temps are into the single digits and teens.

Right now, the Doppler radar does show the line of snow showers is pushing its way to the Billings area.

It's all part of a much larger system that's producing widely scattered snow showers from Kalispell, Missoula and Great Falls that's following the jet stream into Billings.

The high-resolution forecast model shows those isolated snow showers will continue off and on into south-central Montana throughout most of Tuesday afternoon and into the evening.

However, by Wednesday morning all the snow leaves but the cold Arctic air will linger.

Then at 5:30 a.m., most of that cold Arctic air leaves the Billings area, but then we cool down again overnight Wednesday. But on Thursday morning, the Arctic air drains away from Montana.

Snowfall amounts are expected to be light and hardly measurable in Billings and generally light everywhere else.

Our temperatures will continue to zoom up to 21 degrees later Tuesday afternoon, then roll back down to 9 degrees in the morning and up to 26 on Wednesday afternoon.

We will top out at 26 on Wednesday and then work our way back up into the 40s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then back to 39 degrees on Monday.


TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for early evening snow showers and then more snow overnight. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 8 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and still cold. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 26 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and a little warmer. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 36 degrees.