National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of Montana October 9 through 10.
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is predicting the heaviest snow will fall Wednesday morning, just in time for the morning commute and when children will be heading off to school.

Caption - Map of weather warning from National Weather Service on October 7th, 2019.
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The countdown has begun to a blast of snow, cold temperatures and strong winds coming out of Alberta headed for Montana and northern Wyoming. Warm, sunny weather will linger for another day before the snowfall.

Unseasonably cold and wet weather is set to pummel Montana this weekend. The cold snap’s widespread impacts could possibly affect power lines, livestock and backcountry travelers. The next several days will make it feel like we bypassed autumn altogether and went straight to winter.

Enjoying these hot, late-summer days? If so, soak it in while you can. Fall-like weather is fast approaching.

A map of the red flag warning issued for most of Montana September 4.
National Weather Service

Large swaths of Montana and Wyoming are facing critical fire danger today.

Jacob Futhey

A short storm Sunday night caused lasting damage for some people in Billings.

Wet thunderstorms expected to sweep western Montana through the weekend could provide wildland firefighters their best reprieve of the season yet.

That includes those attacking the Horsefly Fire east of Lincoln, the Beeskove Fire east of Missoula, and the Snow Creek Fire in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

More than 100 potential weather spotters attended the National Weather Service's Skywan Spotter training session at the Billings Public Library April 2.
Kay Erickson

Modern technology helps the National Weather Service predict and track severe weather. But just as important in the weather warning system are trained weather spotters.

Kay Erickson

Warmer temperatures  expected this weekend and into next week could mean area flooding with frozen ground and melting snow.

This warmer weather can cause the snow and ice on rivers to break up and let loose, eventually backing up around bridge abutments, culverts and bends in the river, pushing water over the riverbanks.

Julie Arthur, Billings National Weather Service Meteorologist, advises people to watch these temperatures and watch these rivers carefully, and move any livestock and equipment away from the rivers.

The 2017-18 winter for the Billings, Montana region was one of the snowiest on record, but meteorologists say for those who are hoping to use their snow shovel and snow blower a little less this winter, they may be in luck.