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Q2 Weather: No underground sprinklers needed this week in Billings area

Posted at 3:05 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 17:05:03-04

BILLINGS — Our unsettled weather pattern continues in Billings. So far Billings has measured 0.02 inches of rain Wednesday with some pea-sized hail in the Heights.

In the early afternoon, the skies remained cloudy with temperatures in the low 60s. Around the rest of the state, we see 40s and 50s out west with a few 60s. In the east, it’s mostly 50s and 60s.

The doppler Radar tells the story with several minor weather disturbances riding into Billings on the jet stream. This means we will be in and out of showers the rest of the day.

The high-resolution forecast model bears that out as well. It shows scattered rain showers in the Billings area again by 6 p.m.

Then overnight, it looks like most of the rain showers will start to track to the east and move away from Billings. Thursday, you'll see mostly sunny skies return to the area until that evening.

A new batch of rain and snow will start tracking in the south-central Montana very early Friday morning.

Billings could see a fresh batch of rain as early as 7 a.m. Friday. More showers are possible off and on throughout the day Friday.

We will continue to stay into the 60s the rest of Wednesday afternoon, then drop back down to 42 in the morning and up to 63 degrees Thursday afternoon.

We will top out at 67 on Thursday, back down to 60 degrees Friday. Over the weekend, we’re expecting dry conditions on Saturday and Sunday and temps getting back up into the 80s Sunday and Monday.

However, we could see some strong thunderstorms develop Monday afternoon. All thanks to that abundance of heat, creating enough lift to produce some bigger thunderstorms.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Decreasing clouds and a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then a slight chance of rain overnight. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 40 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny with a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 67 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with an 80% chance for rain likely in the morning, afternoon and evening. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 60 degrees.