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Q2 Weather: Kind of a flaky forecast for Billings this week

Posted at 2:36 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 16:36:33-05

BILLINGS — From the South Hills to the Pryor Mountains, a light dusting of snow was visible Monday from the overnight snow in the Billings area.

Since then, we've had partly cloudy skies rolling in, and the temperature starting to roll up into the low 30s. We currently have a northwest wind at 20 mph gusting to 26 mph, which gives us a windchill factor that feels like 19 degrees.

Around the rest of the state, our current temperatures were mostly to the 20s and 30s in the early afternoon.

And the Doppler radar tells the story you can see the scattered snow showers and the jet stream, streaming out of the north and heading for southern Big Horn County.

Caught up in that flow are several little minor weather disturbances, just like the one Billings hit Sunday night. We will continue to see periodic snow showers off and on for the rest of the week.

But because of today's jet stream and snowfall we have a Winter Weather Advisory until 9 p.m. for southern Big Horn County. There we could see another 2 to 5 inches of snow.

The high-resolution forecast model shows we will continue to see spotty snow showers here and there, and just about everywhere in the state.

Eventually all that continues to push down toward Wyoming and out of the region. In fact, that's what we see Tuesday morning with dry skies.

However, by Tuesday afternoon, more scattered snow showers move into the region and then by that night at 1 a.m. Wednesday we could see more snow moving into Billings and all around the region.

Even by Wednesday afternoon, the stuff will be exiting the state, but we will still see scattered snow showers in south-central Montana.

Our snowfall amounts are expected to be fairly light. In the worst case, 6 to 10 inches at Lewistown. Everyone else, maybe 1 to 2 inches. But the computer is likely overstating it, and Billings could probably expect just another light dusting of snow.

Our temperatures will stay into the 30s Monday afternoon and will back down to the 20s in the morning and back up to 31 degrees about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Our temps will get into the 30s on Tuesday and work their way up to 40 degrees by Friday and 42 on Sunday.


TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance for snow showers in the early evening, then clearing skies after that. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 16 degrees. With a wind chill factor of -5 to +5 degrees.

TUESDAY: Increasing clouds and temperature. With a 40% chance for snow Tuesday night. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 38 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy and cooler, with a 50% chance for snow in the morning and again in the afternoon. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 30 degrees.