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Q2 Weather: The clash of the seasons in Billings this week

Posted at 2:39 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 16:39:37-05

BILLINGS — The Beartooth Mountains almost looked like a Charlie M Russell painting Tuesday with a snow storm on top.

However, the temperature Billings at 2 p.m. Tuesday was a very comfortable 44 degrees.

Around the rest of the state, our temps are mostly to the 30s in the west and 40s in the central part of the state. In the northeast corner, we have a few 30s and 40s.

Our forecast will be talking about a period of unsettled weather off and on for the rest of the week as temperatures slowly warm their way back up into the 60s by this weekend.

The Doppler radar shows a few isolated snow showers in the Beartooths, and also around west-central Montana by Missoula Tuesday afternoon.

The high-resolution forecast model shows we will probably see some of those showers move into the west-central part of the state and eventually bring some rain in the Billings area later Tuesday afternoon.

Those showers will continue to push into Wyoming by later Tuesday evening, clearing out the skies overnight for Billings.

A new surge of moisture starts moving in on Wednesday evening and looks like it'll push its way to the Billings area about 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

By Thursday afternoon, even that wave of moisture will move into the Dakotas, and Billings will be left with mostly sunny skies again.

Our temps will continue to stay into the 40s next hour and work their way back down into the low 30s in the morning and up to the mid-40s again Wednesday afternoon.

The extended forecast shows high temperatures will stay into the upper 40s on Wednesday and Thursday, get up to 53 degrees on Friday, 62 degrees on Saturday and back down to 32 degrees on Monday for afternoon highs.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for rain in the evening. Changer snow overnight. West winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 29 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Decreasing clouds and warmer. West winds 10 to 20 mph high 47 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for snow in the morning then mostly sunny skies in the afternoon and windy. West winds 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. High 47 degrees.