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Q2 Weather: The weather gets better from here in Billings

Posted at 3:18 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 17:18:01-04

BILLINGS — Billings woke up to about a half-inch to an inch of new snow on the ground from an overnight snowstorm Thursday. Since then, the warmer temperatures have started to melt all that snow away.

In the early afternoon, the temps warmed all the way up to the other side or freezing with a calm wind.

Around the rest of the state, our temps are mostly into the 20s, 30s and 40s with most of the 20s around Butte, Livingston and Cody.

The Doppler radar tells the weather story Thursday. You will notice we do have some scattered snow showers across south-central Montana, but it's very spotty and scattered, so we are not expecting too much more in the way of accumulation.

Wednesday's snow event has traveled all the way down to Denver, Colorado, and is producing more snow there and into the central plains. However, the high-resolution forecast model shows only spotty flurries across the rest of southern Montana Thursday.

Later Thursday night, even that storm will move into Wyoming, and we will be looking at clearing skies with mostly sunny skies expected throughout much of the day on Friday.

By Saturday, a new cold front starts moving in from the north and is expected to push some spotty rain and snow showers across south-central Montana late in the day on Saturday.

However, snowfall amounts are expected remain light for Billings and much of south-central Montana.

Our temperatures will continue to stay into the upper 30s for the rest of Thursday, then roll back down to the upper 20s in the morning and then back to 49 degrees about 1:30 p.m. Friday.

We will top out at 57 degrees on Friday, then back down to 52 on Saturday, then work our way back up into the 60s and low 70s by the middle part of next week.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly clear and cool. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 25 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, windy and warmer. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. High 57 degrees.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny with a 30% chance for snow early in the morning mixing with rain. Then changing to all rain in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 15 mph the morning shifting to the North later that afternoon. High 52 degrees.