The gloom hanging over Billings on Friday shows no signs of letting up this weekend, and possible spring snow could brighten everyone's Saturday morning.
Rain and heavy cloud cover is forecast for most of Friday, with thunderstorms predicted to hit in the evening, according to a National Weather Service report.
A low of 38 degrees was forecast for Friday night, with an 80% chance of rain after 9 p.m. Thunderstorms were forecast to roll in, and more than a quarter-inch of rain could fall.
Thick cloud cover will remain through Saturday and Sunday, but the chances of rain diminish by Sunday. Saturday has a 90% chance of rain in the Billings area. Overnight Saturday there is a chance of light snow mixed with rain in Billings.
Spring snow was possible Friday evening for higher elevations and Saturday evening even in lower elevations for central and southeast Montana.
Rain and snow should taper off Sunday, with only a slight chance of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Monday through Thursday there is a 60% chance of rain daily in the Billings area.
A hazardous weather outlook stayed in effect Friday evening for central and south central Montana, southeast Montana and portions of central Wyoming. The outlook warned of colder temperatures, bringing snow on Saturday night for the region and significant precipitation throughout the rest of the weekend.
The precipitation is causing alarm for potential flooding for some of central and south-central Montana. A flood watch put in effect Friday morning will last at least until Saturday afternoon for Golden Valley, Wheatland, Park and Sweet Grass counties.
The watch cautioned of high, rising rivers and streams from the heavy rainfall expected. Shields River, upper Musselshell River and streams from the eastern slopes of the Crazy Mountains are at greatest risk.
Billings got just more than half an inch of rain, primarily in the morning. Thursday also saw about a half inch of rain, a good measure of that falling late Thursday night. An additional 1-3 inches of rain is expected through next week.
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