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Q2 Weather: Numerous showers marching through Montana Thursday

Posted at 3:14 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 17:14:13-04

BILINGS — If you look toward the Beartooth Mountains, they may be hard to see because there are some rain showers in the way.

Meanwhile, back in Billings, it's mostly cloudy and 53 degrees early Thursday afternoon.

Around the rest of the state, temps were noticeably cooler Thursday. In the west, it was only in the 40s and 50s, while back in the east were mostly 50s and low 60s.

The Doppler radar tells the whole story Wednesday, with widely scattered rain showers all over Montana. Up in the higher elevations, we are even seeing snow coming down.

Some of these cells may contain some small, pea-size hail, but nothing severe.

The high-resolution forecast model does show scattered showers all over Montana Thursday afternoon.

We think by 6 p.m. we could even see some more rain showers moving to the Billings area. Those showers will probably stay with us off and on most of the night.

However, by Friday morning we see the showers will start to thin out a little bit, but the heat of the day may cause a more showers and thunderstorms to redevelop late in the afternoon.

Then by Saturday morning the whole thing moves out of the area and sunny skies return.

Our temperatures will remain kind of cool today, 59 degrees Thursday afternoon, cooling down to 42 degrees in the morning and back up the 57 degrees around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The high temp on Friday will top out at 61. We will work our way into the 70s, by Sunday and Monday. Then roll back to 69 on Tuesday and back to 77 degrees on Wednesday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of numerous rain showers and isolated thunderstorms early in the evening, then scattered rain showers expected overnight. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 40 degrees.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny with a 50% chance for rain showers the morning and a slight chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 10 to 20 mph high 61 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 67 degrees.