Area Forecast Discussion
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BILLINGS MT
320 AM MST TUE MAR 3 2015

.SHORT TERM...VALID FOR TDY AND WED...

THE FRONT HAS NOT BROUGHT IN AS COLD OF AIR AS EXPECT. ALSO...THE
SNOW HAS NOT BEEN AS WIDESPREAD AND HEAVY. SNOWFALL WILL BEGIN
TO TAPPER OFF FOR MUCH OF THE AREA BY EARLY MORNING. A COUPLE OF
INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE AROUND THE BEARTOOTH AND ABSAROKA
FOOTHILLS. SHERIDAN COUNTY AND EAST ALONG THE MONTANA/WYOMING
STATE LINE COULD SEE SEVERAL MORE INCHES AS THERE IS BETTER
DYNAMICS ACROSS NORTHERN WYOMING WHERE YOU HAVE ENERGY BOTH FROM
THE WAVE MOVING UP THROUGH WYOMING AND THE WAVE MOVING ACROSS
MONTANA. MUCH OF THE REST OF THE AREA WILL SEE LESS THAN AN INCH
OF ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL.

THROUGH THE REST OF THE DAY AND INTO WEDNESDAY TEMPERATURES WILL
REMAIN COLD...WITH GUSTY WINDS REMAINING THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.
WIND CHILLS WILL BE COLD THIS MORNING...IN THE SINGLE DIGITS TO
TEENS BELOW...BUT WILL RISE TO ABOVE ZERO THIS AFTERNOON. TONIGHT
INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING THEY ONCE AGAIN DROP BACK INTO THE TEENS
BELOW. WEDNESDAY TEMPERATURES WILL BEGIN TO WARM UP AS WINDS
BECOME MORE WESTERLY. REIMER

.LONG TERM...VALID FOR THU...FRI...SAT...SUN...MON...

WEST TO NORTHWEST FLOW PATTERN WILL BRING MILD TEMPERATURES AND
GENERALLY DRY CONDITIONS TO THE REGION THROUGH THE EXTENDED
PERIOD. FLOW OFF THE PACIFIC WILL BRING PERIODS OF CLOUDY SKIES
FROM TIME TO TIME. THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A STRONGER WAVE TO
BRING A FEW SHOWERS FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY BUT MODELS ARE
STRUGGLING TO RESOLVE THIS FEATURE CONSISTENTLY. KEPT SOME LOW
POPS IN FOR AREAS WEST AND SOUTH OF BILLINGS TO ACCOUNT FOR THIS
FEATURE BUT RIGHT NOW IT DOESN`T LOOK LIKE ANYTHING TO CHANGE
WEEKEND PLANS OVER. WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE 50S EXPECTED THIS
WEEKEND LOOKS LIKE A NICE TIME TO GET OUTDOORS. CHAMBERS

&&

.AVIATION...

IFR CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST EARLY THIS MORNING OVER THE SOUTHERN
HALF OF THE FORECAST AREA...GENERALLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF A
LIVINGSTON TO BILLINGS TO EKALAKA LINE. THIS AREA OF SNOW AND LOW
CEILINGS WILL GRADUALLY DISSIPATE THROUGH THE MORNING AS ENERGY
SHIFTS EAST...WITH MOST AREAS BECOMING VFR BY EARLY THIS
AFTERNOON. SOME LOW CLOUDS WILL LIKELY REMAIN ALONG NORTHERN
FOOTHILLS OF AREA MOUNTAINS INTO THIS EVENING. CHAMBERS

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMP/POPS...

    TDY WED     THU     FRI     SAT     SUN     MON
-------------------------------------------------------
BIL 021 001/028 013/045 028/050 028/050 029/053 032/056
    4/J 00/B    00/B    01/B    21/B    11/B    10/U
LVM 018 902/030 016/043 028/048 027/049 029/051 030/053
    5/J 00/U    00/B    01/B    22/W    11/B    11/U
HDN 023 001/028 010/046 025/051 025/051 027/054 029/057
    4/J 00/B    00/B    01/B    21/B    11/B    10/B
MLS 017 904/018 003/044 026/048 026/048 027/050 028/053
    1/N 20/B    00/B    00/B    01/B    11/B    11/U
4BQ 018 904/018 002/041 021/047 023/047 025/050 026/054
    4/J 10/B    00/B    00/B    01/U    11/B    10/B
BHK 014 908/012 901/039 022/046 023/045 024/046 025/049
    1/N 20/B    00/B    00/B    11/B    11/B    11/B
SHR 014 908/019 005/039 021/045 021/044 023/049 026/053
    9/J 00/B    00/B    00/B    22/W    11/B    10/U

&&

.BYZ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST TODAY FOR ZONES
      34-38-39-56-66-67.
     WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST TODAY FOR
      ZONES 36-37-58.
WY...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST TODAY FOR ZONES
      98-99.

&&

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