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Q2 Weather: Unsettled and mild in Billings this week

Posted at 3:31 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 17:31:26-05

BILLINGS — It was mostly light rain that fell with a few snow flakes in Billings Monday morning. Billings measured anywhere from a trace to .01 of an inch of precipitation.

At 1:30 p.m., the temperature in Billings was 43 degrees and probably going to go higher on Monday.

Around the rest of the state, the temps were mostly in the 30s in the west, 40s on the eastern slopes of the Divide, and low 30s in the northeast.

The Doppler radar tells you the story this morning. It was a minor weather disturbance that was moving through central Montana including Billings.

It continues to march its way east, producing rain and snow from Glasgow and Miles City on into Broadus.

The high-resolution forecast model bears that out. It will continue to produce scattered rain showers toward east as the rest of the day goes on.

For the Billings area, it looks like we are over and done with it for Monday. We will probably see dry conditions, even through Tuesday morning.

By Tuesday afternoon, it looks like another wave of moisture starts moving in with rain showers mostly for Billings, with snow up in the higher elevations.

Then that continues to move on and we could see a little more rain and snow in Billings and southern Montana at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

By the afternoon, that pushes into Wyoming and South Dakota and we return to mostly sunny skies again in Billings.

Our temperatures will continue to jump up to the mid-40s next hour than roll back down to the upper 20s and low 30s by 5 p.m., then back up to the low 40s by 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

In fact, we expect to see those 40s remain as our high temperatures through Thursday then jump up into the 50s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

So, it looks like we will be in for an unsettled weather pattern for the most of this week with a chance of rain and snow each day until about Thursday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Skies becoming mostly clear. And temperatures will be somewhat cool, with breezy conditions. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 27 degrees.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and a morning then a 40% chance for snow late in the morning and the early afternoon. It will be windy but warmer. Southwest winds 15 to 30 mph. High 46 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Decreasing clouds and continued mild. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 47 degrees.