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Q2 Weather: The first day of fall still feels like summer in Billings

Posted at 3:50 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 17:50:43-04

BILLINGS — On the first day of fall, Billings is enjoying mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s.

As we overlook the Yellowstone River, which is about four feet deep, where flood stage is 13.5 feet, we discover that the river is not doing too bad for this time of year.

Around the rest of the state, temps are mostly into the 60s out in the west and mostly 70s back in the east. The hot spot is in Jordan at 79 degrees.

The Doppler radar showed a few scattered rain showers across northwestern Montana between Missoula and Kalispell Monday afternoon. They're very light and not expected to make it into the Billings area anytime soon.

In fact, that's what our high-resolution forecast model was talking about. We are expecting mostly dry conditions through the afternoon with maybe a couple sprinkles by 6:30 p.m.

After that, your next batch of rain will move in about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and then be gone by the time most people go to work.

After that, we are expecting mostly dry conditions, the rest of Tuesday and most of Wednesday.

Our temperatures will possibly get into the upper 70s Monday then roll back down into the mid 50s at night, then back up to 73 degrees for the high temperature on Tuesday.

From there, our temperatures will slowly roll their way back down to the 40s by the weekend with overnight lows into the 30s, producing possibly rain mixing with snow in Billings and the surrounding area.

No snow accumulation is expected.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy and mild. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 54 degrees.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny, windy and mild. West winds 15 to 25 mph gusting to 40 mph in the afternoon. High 73 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and not as warm. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 68 degrees.