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Q2 Weather: Our rainy, unsettled weather week continues for Billings

Posted at 2:16 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 16:16:08-04

BILLINGS — Billings was greeted with a cloudy, foggy and kind of a rainy day Tuesday. In the afternoon, the fog is still hanging in there in the distance.

The temperature was at 40 degrees in the early afternoon as light rain was still falling in the area.

Around the rest of the state, the temps are mostly into the 40s and 50s in the south, 30s and 40s across the Hi-Line and toward Great Falls.

But the Doppler radar tells the story Tuesday. The jet stream is coming out of the southwest and caught up in that flow are several minor weather disturbances.

Each is pushing its way up over the mountains and then holding together long enough to produce scattered light rain showers in the Billings area as a whole system moves off to the east.

The high-resolution forecast model shows that those southerly showers will continue to track across the Billings area off and on for the next couple of days.

It won't be until about Thursday when we actually see most of the rainfall move away and sunny skies move in and dry up the area.

Our temperatures will continue to climb their way into the low 50s by 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. They'll then roll back down to the mid-40s in the morning and back up into the upper 50s about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

We will top out at 62 degrees on Wednesday, 67 on Thursday then roll it back down to 59 degrees for a high on Friday.

From there the weekend looks better. We expect 69 degrees on Saturday, 79 on Sunday and 76 Monday with mostly sunny skies.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance for rain showers in the evening, Then more rain overnight. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph in the evening shifting to the West 5 to 10 mph overnight. Low 42 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny with a 70% chance for rain showers the morning and a slight chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 62 degrees.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny with a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 10 mph. High 67 degrees.