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Q2 Weather: Unsettled weather pattern this week in Billings

Posted at 3:35 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 17:35:52-04

BILLINGS — Mostly cloudy skies are hanging over Billings Monday afternoon. However, the temperature continues to be mild and springlike. At 2 p.m., the temperature was 42 degrees in Billings.

Around the rest of the state, our temps were mostly in the 30s and 40s. The only issues we had Monday afternoon were small stream flood advisories in Phillips, Valley and Sheridan counties.

Heavy runoff from snowmelt this weekend is causing many creeks, rivers and streams to run high and cause minor flooding in the affected areas.

The Doppler radar shows scattered snow showers and rain showers developing on a line from southwest Montana up to the northeast corner of the state.

The high-resolution forecast model shows a new low-pressure cell over southwest Montana, slinging a little moisture up toward Billings and the rest of eastern Montana.

A low-pressure cell and cold front are forecast to track across the state line with Wyoming over the next 24 hours.

In the process, we might see scattered rain showers moving to the Billings area later Monday evening around 6 p.m.

After that, the low will continue to track into Wyoming, taking the snow with it on Tuesday afternoon.

This means the sun can come out across most of northern Montana and eventually move into the Billings area throughout much of Tuesday afternoon.

Eventually a new cold front will set up Wednesday afternoon from southwest Montana to east-central Montana. Behind it, we'll see scattered rain and snow showers poised to sweep into the southern part of the state.

Temperatures next hour will continue to be up into the 40s and roll back down to the 30s overnight, and then back to the upper 40s by Tuesday afternoon.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance for rain and snow in this evening that a chance of snow overnight with little or no accumulation. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph this evening shifting to the Northwest overnight. Low 31 degrees.

TUESDAY: Decreasing clouds and warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 52 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and warmer still. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 59 degrees.