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  • Click here for 7 Day ForecastUse caution on roadways and sidewalks Friday, with the potential for some slick spots and low visibility at times. Overall, it’s a cool and mainly cloudy weekend ahead that will keep us watching the sky for a little more snow.

    Temperatures Friday and through the weekend will be in mainly the mid to lower 30s region wide. That is below the upper 30s to low 40s that’s average for this time of the year.

    Expect the sky to stay cloudy to mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers are possible off and on through the weekend, but no significant accumulations are likely in the lower elevations.

    This pattern will hold into early next week, with a trend towards warming temperatures and stronger winds by Wednesday and Thursday.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Cloudy with about a 50% chance of light snow showers. A high near 34.

    Friday night… A chance of mainly evening snow showers. Otherwise, cloudy and a low of about 21.

    Saturday… Cloudy to mostly cloudy, with a high around 35. A 30% chance of snow showers in the morning.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Winter temperatures return with areas of snow. Don’t expect any kind of a significant warm-up through at least the middle of next week.

    The bulk of our storm system remain south of us, keeping periods of light snow in the mix from West of Billings, to Hardin, with heavier snow in the Bighorn mountain foothills to around Sheridan, Wyoming to the West. Areas East of Billings will see light snowfall at best.

    Billings will pick up 1 to 3 inches of snow most of the accumulations in the grassy areas. Expect some slick areas with ice covered with snow Thursday through Friday morning on roadways and sidewalks.

    Area mountains and adjoining foothills could see more significant snow totals, so be mindful of changing conditions.

    Temperatures will hold steady in the 20s and 30s throughout the day, and drop off during the evening hours.

    Cloudy to mostly cloudy overnight, with areas of light snow. Morning temperatures will be in the teens to low 20s early Friday, with highs in the 20s to mid 30s Friday afternoon.

    The extended Outlook keeps readings mainly in the 30s for the highs in the teens to low 20s for the lows to the middle of next week.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Periods of snow with light accumulations. Otherwise, cloudy with a high around 32. A light Northeast wind.

    Thursday night… Evening light snow showers. Cloudy overnight with a low near 22.

    Friday… Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. About 33 for the high temperature.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastWednesday will act as a transition day between Tuesday’s warm temperatures, and Thursdays more winter like conditions.

    The warmest temperatures of the day may come relatively early, as a cold front drops from North to South across the region. Along in behind the front, areas of rain and snow showers could develop.

    Highs will be mainly into the mid-30s to upper 40s, and the winds will decrease behind the front. Expect the sky to be cloudy to mostly cloudy.

    The best chance of showers will develop through the afternoon and evening hours. Precipitation could be rain, or snow, or snow pellets.

    Most of the precipitation will be light, except for some areas were bands of heavier snow could form tonight.

    Temperatures early Thursday will be into the teens and 20s the chance of snow showers through the day Thursday.

    Highs tomorrow will be mainly in the mid to lower 30s, and highs will stay in the 30s through the extended period.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Cloudy to mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers. A high of about 47, but that may come midday early afternoon, and hold steady or drop later in the day.

    Wednesday night… Cloudy with area rain and snow showers. Any accumulations should be light a low near 26.

    Thursday… Cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Snow should remain light. Only around 34 for a high.

  • Today could easily be the warmest day since mid-November. But, the transition to colder and wetter weather is a swift one.

    Gusty winds could be particularly hazardous today in the usual areas around Livingston and Nye on I 90, extending up US 191 toward Harlowton. But, there is also the potential for very gusty winds through southern Big Horn County Montana, southern Rosebud, and Powder River Counties, plus Sheridan County Wyoming. Gusts of over 60 miles an hour are possible through the day.

    Temperatures will be very mild today, with highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s. Expect a mix of clouds and sunshine.

    A vigorous cold front moves through the area, producing mountain rain and snow, and the potential for showers is likely greater towards Miles City, Terry, extending North towards Jordan and Glendive.

    Expect a significant drop in the temperatures for Wednesday, with the highs mainly in the 40s.

    A chance of showers moves through the area Wednesday night into Thursday. But, the big impact will be a drop in the temperatures to the 30s for the rest of the week and through the weekend.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Decreasing clouds, with a high near 63. Winds could gust his high as 50 mph.

    Tuesday night… Partly cloudy, with wind gusts to around 40 miles an hour through the evening. A low of about 36

    Wednesday… Partly sunny with a chance of an afternoon shower. Cooler, at around 48 for the high.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastMild temperatures continue through the weekend. But a significant change in the weather is on track for in the middle of next week.

    A week cold front moved through overnight, and that will gradually reduce winds from Billings to the West throughout the morning hours. We will be left with sunshine mixed with a few clouds and highs mainly in the upper 40s to mid 50s.

    A few mountain snow showers or a rain snow mix will move into the foothills this evening through Saturday. Otherwise, expect readings in the upper 40s to low 50s Saturday afternoon and trend a little bit warmer on Sunday through Tuesday.

    Wednesday will act as a transition day, with the highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. A chance of showers develops by Wednesday evening.

    Significantly cooler air could move into the area Wednesday night into Thursday causing areas of rain and snow showers to switch to all snow Thursday.

    At this point, it doesn’t look like the drop in temperatures will be that much below average for this time of year, and the snowfall totals don’t appear to be extremely high. But, it does indicate a transition back into more winter-like conditions.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Mainly sunny, with a high near 55. A westerly wind 10 to 20 mph.

    Friday night… Mostly to partly cloudy, with a low of about 32. Light winds.

    Saturday… Partly to mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. An easterly breeze.

  • Click Here for 7 Day ForecastAnother mild day in store, but still some gusty winds. And, even a cold front tonight doesn’t bring the temperatures down very much.

    High temperatures today will be mainly into the 50s, and possibly some low 60s. Winds will continue to be strong around the Livingston and Nye areas, and push about a 15 to 25 mph wind around the Billings area. Expect a mix of clouds and sunshine this afternoon.

    A weak cold front moves through the area tonight causing isolated to scattered showers to develop. With the warm air around, this will stay is rain or a rain/snow mix.

    Temperatures will be mainly in the 30s early Friday.

    A weak Ridge of high pressure tries to build back in Friday, keeping high temperatures mainly in the mid-50s.

    Saturday may be the coolest day in the short-term, with highs in the mid 40s to low 50s. Mild readings into the upper 40s to 50s will persist for Tuesday. There are some indications indicate it could get chillier by the end of next week.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Partly to mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Southwest wind 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

    Thursday night… A slight chance of evening showers, otherwise mostly cloudy. A low near 37. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

    Friday… Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Southwest breeze 15 to 25 mph.

  • Click here for 7 Day ForecastTemperatures will be very mild the next couple of days, and may even challenge some record highs. But, there are a couple of downsides.

    Strong winds will continue to blow down the slopes of the Rockies Wednesday, with gusts around Livingston up to about 60 miles an hour possible for Wednesday, Wednesday night, and Thursday. Billings will likely see gusts to about 40 mph. The winds will be lighter East of Billings.

    There is also still considerable amount of snow and ice in areas from Billings to the East. Much of this will melt over the next couple of days, and with frozen ground, it could lead to some ice jams. Lower line roads around creeks, culverts, and coulees could be covered with water.

    Otherwise, expect plenty of sunshine in above average temperatures. Most readings will be in the 50s Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Even some low 60s are possible.

    The record high temperature for Billings for Wednesday is 62°. Miles City has a record high 55, and Sheridan, Wyoming would have to make it all away to 63 to tie Wednesday’s record high. Livingston may have the best chance of breaking daily record high of 58° on Wednesday.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Sunny, with a high near 59. West winds 15 to 30 miles an hour with gusts to 40 possible.

    Wednesday night… Mostly clear, with a low near 36. Gusty West winds continue to blow.

    Thursday… Mostly sunny, and a high near 58. Winds will be gusty in the morning and decrease somewhat in the afternoon.

  • Click for your 7 Day ForecastSunny and warm days will become a more regular occurrence through the weekend. However, winds will become stronger and showers are still possible.

    Sunny, warm, and dry conditions will dominate the weather for the next couple of days. Highs Tuesday will be in the mid to lower 50s around the Billings area, and could run 5° warmer by the end of the day Wednesday.

    Winds will increase over the Western valleys, and continue to blow from the mountain foothills out towards Billings likely through Thursday. Strong Southwest winds will impact travel from Livingston to Big Timber on I-90 from late Tuesday through Thursday. Dangerous cross winds could gust to well over 60 mph.

    Winds will increase 15 to 25 mph around Billings Tuesday night and continue to blow with gusts to around 40 through Wednesday.

    There is a chance of showers Thursday evening with the disturbance moving through.

    With warm daytime highs and overnight lows staying above freezing, there is potential for ice jams on area streams, creeks, and rivers.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Sunshine, with the high near 52. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

    Tuesday night… Clear, with a low of about 32. Winds increasing Southwest 15 to 25 mph.

    Wednesday… Sunny again, with a high around 59. Southwest wind 15 to 30 mph, with gusts to 40 mph.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastWarmer but at times windy conditions are expected across the region through the week. More of the snow and ice will melt as highs edge well above seasonal averages.

    Lots of sunshine in the afternoon, with temperatures mainly in the 40s for today and again on Tuesday. We will see a modest increase in the afternoon highs Tuesday afternoon.

    Winds will become much stronger down the East mountain slopes by Tuesday night, pushing temperatures well into the 50s Wednesday afternoon. Gusts in the mountain foothills during the middle of the week will likely exceed 60 mph.

    Temperatures will be the warmest through Thursday, when we have a chance to reach near 60 in the Billings area. As the winds ease up by Friday and Saturday, temperatures will be in the 40s for the highs, and 20s to low 30s for the lows heading into the weekend.

    Additional snow melt during the week could aggravate the potential for flooding in some of the creeks and streams. Continue to use caution in low-lying areas.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Sunshine, with a high near 47. Southwest wind 10 to 25 miles an hour decreasing the afternoon.

    Monday night… Clear, with a low around 25.

    Tuesday… More sunshine, and about 49 for a high. Winds will increase by Tuesday evening.

  • Click for 7 day ForecastWarm overnight temperatures continue the melting that started Thursday. Despite increasing afternoon clouds out ahead of the next cold front, readings will still be mainly in the 40s to low 50s for this afternoon.

    High creeks and streams can be expected this weekend, with plenty of muddy conditions.  The frozen ground won’t absorb a lot, so runoff problems will exist. Also, road and sidewalks could become very slick in places.

    Winds of decreased somewhat in the mountain foothills around Livingston extending up towards Harlowton but will remain breezy Friday. Still expect wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles an hour along I 90 Friday and again Saturday.

    A cold front moving through the area later today will bring a downshift in the temperatures and a chance of higher elevation showers into the foothills and mountains.

    Overnight temperatures will be mainly in the 40s and partly to mostly cloudy.

    For Saturday and Sunday, expect sunny to mostly sunny afternoons with highs in the 30s to around 40°. Saturday will be breezy.

    The trend for next week is warm and dry weather with the highs mainly in the 40s and the lows in the 20s.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Partly to mostly cloudy, with a high around 48. West breeze 10 to 20 mph.

    Friday night… Partly to mostly cloudy, with a low near 26.

    Saturday… Mostly sunny and breezy, with gusts to 45 mph possible by the afternoon. A little cooler, with about 38 for the high.