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Q2 Weather: A brief break from the cold then more Arctic air in Billings Saturday

BILLINGS- The skies clouded up and the temperatures warmed up Friday in Billings.

At 2 p.m., the temperature warmed up to 19 degrees in Billings, and the wind chill factor was 9 degrees above zero for a change.

Our reported overnight lows were extremely cold in the northeast corner the state. They were into the teens, 20s and 30s below zero. Williston, N.D. was 43 degrees below zero, and Antelope, Montana was -50 degrees.

In Billings we s,tayed above zero at 8 degrees. We also stayed above zero at Livingston, Bozeman, Missoula and Kalispell.

Ccurrent temperatures have warmed up very nicely in the southwest, into the teens above zero Livingston is at 26 degrees, but we are still below zero on the Hi-Line from Cut Bank to Williston.

The threat board is filling up as well Friday. We have a Winter Weather Advisory around Missoula for two to four inches of snow.

We have a Winter Storm Warning at Kalispell for three to six inches of snow and wind chill factors of 35 to 40 below zero across the rest of the high line.

Plus we could see blowing and drifting snow in north-central Montana. In Billings, all we will get are cold temperatures Friday night and chilly wind chill factors.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows increasing cloudy skies across the state with snow around Missoula on over to Great Falls.

That’s because we have a new Arctic cold front dropping down from Canada, and out in front of it is where Billings is. That’s where we are having some prefrontal warming today.

However, by the morning that cold Arctic air will push through Billings and dip temperatures below zero again. Not only that, we could see some more snow move in Saturday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for snow overnight and cold. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph creating wind chill factors of 10 to 20 below zero. Low -3 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for snow in the morning and again in the afternoon. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph creating a wind chill of 15 to 25 below zero. High 2 degrees.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy and cold. East winds 5 to 15 mph. High 4 degrees.

Bob McGuire

Bob McGuire

Bob McGuire has been a meteorologist with KTVQ since 1984. He spent 2 years at KOMO-TV in Seattle. He is a Seal of Approval holder from the National Weather Association since 1987.
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