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Q2 Weather: Nice today, but snow is on the way to Billings

Posted at 4:06 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 18:06:12-04

BILLINGS — It is another beautiful day in Billings. We have a few high clouds complete with sun breaks, and that’s what’s warming us up in the upper 50s, looking for 60 degrees Monday.

Around the rest of the state, we have 40s and 50s and a few places are getting close to 60 degrees.

Although we do have this- it's a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of south-central Montana, including Billings, from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 3 p.m. Wednesday

We could see 3 to 5 inches of snow, and the Beartooth foothills could see locally higher amounts.

Right now, the Doppler radar shows scattered rain and snow showers moving into west central and northwestern Montana.

We just see a few high clouds roll over the Beartooths and pushing their way into Billings Monday.

The high-resolution forecast model shows scattered rain and snow showers out west are forecast to push their way into southwestern Montana, including the Beartooth Mountains, by Tuesday morning.

That batch of moisture is forecast to push its way into the Billings area just before a new cold front drops down from Canada.

That means we could see scattered rain showers in Billings about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, which will change to snow by 10 p.m.

On Wednesday morning, we could see a few more snow showers, which will move east by Wednesday afternoon.

Next, our temps will get back up into the low 60s, then roll all the way back down to the 30s by Tuesday morning and back up to the 40s Tuesday afternoon.

The high temp on Tuesday will top out at 48 degrees, then drop down the 42 on Wednesday and work its way back up to 59 degrees on Sunday afternoon.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN AFFECT FROM 6 PM Tuesday to 3 PM WEDNESDAY. Partly cloudy and not as cold. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 34 degrees.

TUESDAY: Increasing clouds with scattered rain and snow showers in the morning and a 40% chance for rain in the afternoon. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Then an 80% chance for snow Tuesday night, snow accumulations around 2 inches are possible. High 48 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance for snow in the morning then changing to rain that afternoon. East winds 5 to 10 mph the morning shifting to the south in the afternoon. High 42 degrees.