Terrible weather across the center of the country. Joplin has joined Tuscaloosa as towns that will forever be synonymous with deadly tornadoes. What is the weather going to do elsewhere in the country, where the weather has, mercifully, been less dangerous/
At 453PM, MT, Billings was reporting a temperature of 53 degrees with heavy rain. The strong area of low pressure fostering disastrous weather in the southern Plains was also causing easterly flow that was hemming against the northern Rockies, producing widespread rain across Montana, with the heaviest band lying from Billings to the southeast.
A very sharp, angled trough will be moving into the northern Rockies over the next couple of days. The lee trough will break down over Montana with the arrival of a stronger upper level trough. This stronger trough will create a surface circulation and a more traditional surface cyclone, directing southerly flow which will warm Billings up on Thursday morning and help to dry the city out ahead of more organized showers and thunderstorms that evening.
Tomorrow – Drizzle and clouds, High 62, Low 44
Thursday – Warm in the morning, then rain and thunderstorms, High 63, Low 45
TWC: Tomorrow – Rain showers in the morning becoming more intermittent in the afternoon. High 61, Low 48
Thursday – Becoming windy with a thunderstorm or two possible in the afternoon. High 60, Low 47
AW: Tomorrow – A thunderstorm; cloudy in the morning, then becoming breezy with times of clouds and sun High 63, Low 47
Thursday – Cloudy and windy with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm High 67, Low 46
NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy High 61, Low 47
Thursday – A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy High 64, Low 47
WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers in the morning…then chance of rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon High 62, Low 46
Thursday – Chance of rain showers in the morning…then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon High 63, Low 46