Today we’re off to Billings, where usually we’re worried about snow more than we are about thunderstorms. But this is summer, so it’s all about storms, snow be damned! That WOULD be depressing to talk about snow, with Summer officially starting in 3 days. Anyways, let’s see what’s going on out there!
At 953pm MDT, the temperature at Billings, MT was 54 degrees with light rain falling. While the main surface low in the region is found near the CO/NE border, an inverted trough is found up over the Western Dakotas and into Eastern MT. Also, rather strong upper low has parked itself behind this system over the Northern Rockies, bringing temperatures down rather shockingly over the northwestern US. Heck, they’re talking about snow in higher elevations of MT/ID/UT! Luckily temperatures aren’t THAT low in the Billings area, but it certainly won’t feel like summer. This system will be very slow to move towards the east on Wednesday and Thursday, with the upper low traversing Montana towards Saskatchewan by late Thursday night. Scattered rain showers will persist over the region for most of Wednesday and Thursday due to the slow-moving nature of this storm system, with some embedded thunderstorms in the heaviest rain showers. Activity should clear out some for the weekend, but sadly the rest of the workweet looks rather gloomy.
Wednesday: Widespread morning showers, more scattered in afternoon, perhaps an isolated thunderstorm as well. High 65, Low 49.
Thursday: Scattered showers, and isolated thunderstorm once again. High 71, Low 49.
TWC: Wednesday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 66, Low 48.
Thursday: Isolated thunderstorms. High 73, Low 50.
AW: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, showers around. High 66, Low 49.
Thursday: Some sun, a scattered thunderstorm, breezy. High 74, Low 48.
NWS: Wednesday: chance of showers, perhaps an afternoon thunderstorm. High 66, Low 48.
Thursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 74, Low 49.
WB: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, chances of rain and an isolated thunderstorm in afternoon. High 64, Low 48.
Thursday: Continued chances of showers and thunderstorms. High 71, Low 48.
WN: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. High 66, Low 48.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers. High 73, Low 48.
Here we see the very obvious swirl of the low pressure system wound up over the Northern Rockies, with intense thunderstorms firing off over the western Dakotas. This system will continue spinning around the region over the next couple of days.