Snow continues to fall on Billings but temperatures in 50s forecast for early next week

March 10, 2017 GMT

Snowfall totals from Wednesday night through Thursday morning in Billings averaged about 5 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Billings.

Three more inches of snow was forecast for Thursday night, with less than an inch of snow during the day Friday, said NWS meteorologist Julie Arthur.

Rain and snow could be in the skies on Monday, but temperatures might climb that day into the low 40s. On Tuesday, highs could be in the 50s, Arthur said.

The snowfall recorded in Billings paled in comparison to some other regional locations. West of the Magic City, Big Timber recorded 15 inches of snow over a similar period. Ten miles east of Molt, a foot of snow was recorded. About 10 miles southwest of Acton, NWS received reports of 10 inches of snow and about 13 miles northwest of Billings, 11 inches of snow fell.


A winter storm warning for Yellowstone County will remain in effect until 6 p.m. on Friday, Arthur said. Snowfall will likely taper off Friday afternoon, leading to a dry night.

Saturday will also be dry, though a 20 percent chance of snow and rain is possible Saturday night going into Sunday morning.

Should there be snowfall during that period, accumulations will likely be insignificant, Arthur said.

Moist airflow off the Pacific Ocean feeding the current weather system has combined with warmer weather to create heavier, wetter snow, according to Arthur.

Because of its consistency and the relative warmth, this snow is compacting and melting faster than some of the snow Billings typically sees in January or February, Arthur said.