Billings saw more than half an inch of slushy rain by Thursday night, while some places in surrounding areas accumulated well over a foot of snow, according to the National Weather Service.
At the National Weather Service’s office in the West End of Billings, meteorologist Brian Tesar reported that 0.63 inches of rain had fallen as of about 9 p.m., when the temperature was at 33 degrees.
“We haven’t had a lot of snow, just a little mixed in,” he said. “Temperatures are just a little too warm for it to accumulate, even on the grass.”
But 16 inches of snow had piled up in Mellville in Sweet Grass County. “They’re kind of the big winner so far,” Tesar said.
At Billings Logan International, officials had reported some snow mixed with rain, but no significant accumulation, Tesar said.
Overnight, Tesar said that folks could expect to see one to 3 inches of snow and slush accumulation in Billings, with possibly more in the hills south of town and around Molt.
He said to expect the roads to be “wet, maybe a little bit slushy by morning.”
Tesar said that while power outages were possible through the night, any damage from the storm in Billings would probably be more localized than widespread.
“Chances are there won’t be too many impacts from it at this point,” Tesar said of the storm, which he expected to clear out by Friday afternoon.
In Red Lodge, about three inches of snow had been reported, and as much as six or eight inches had fallen just outside of the town, the meteorologist said.
Ten miles south of Big Timber, roughly a foot of snow had been reported by 9 p.m.
The areas hit hardest by the storm will probably be the Big Horn Mountains across the Wyoming state line and the southeast corner of Montana, Tesar said.