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  • Click Here for 7 Day ForecastAnother wet and chilly weather system will affect our area Thursday and Friday.

    Areas from Billings towards Sheridan, Wyoming could pick up some of the higher moisture totals out of this system.

    The latest analysis shows an inch to over an inch and a half of total rain and melted snow possible through portions of Big Horn County, Montana; and Sheridan County, Wyoming. There will be some heavy and wet snow in the same areas as well.

    Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for these areas.

    For Thursday and Friday, expect cloudy to mostly cloudy days with rain showers during the day, and rain and snow in the evening and overnight hours. High temperatures will be mainly in the 40s for the lower elevations.

    Precipitation will taper off Friday afternoon and evening. The weekend will be a little warmer with the highs in the 50s on Saturday, and upper 50s to about 60 by Sunday.

    A chance of scattered rain showers remains over the weekend.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… A high of about 44. A chance of morning rain and snow showers then rain for the afternoon.

    Thursday night… Evening rain and snow showers becoming all snow after midnight. There could be some snow in the grassy areas early Friday. A low near 34.

    Friday… Rain and snow likely in the morning with rain in the afternoon. Cloudy, with a high around 46.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecastven as we warm up a bit for this afternoon, the next round of rain and snow showers is developing. The end of the work week is on track to be cool and damp.

    High temperatures Wednesday will be mainly in the 50s, despite some patchy morning fog. Winds will be light, with a partly to mostly cloudy sky through most of the area.

    Scattered showers will develop in areas west of Billings Wednesday, and spread toward Billings heading east by Wednesday afternoon and evening. A few isolated lightning strikes are possible west of Billings.

    Showers become more numerous Thursday and Thursday night, continuing into Friday. Heavy mountain snow is once again expected. Significant snow is possible over the Bighorn Mountains once again, and a Winter Storm Watch is in effect there.

    Some locations from Billings extending southeasterly toward Sheridan, Wyoming could pick up over an inch of total rain and/or melted snow through Friday. As we saw with Tuesday’s system, the highest totals could be in Northern Wyoming.

    There are some concerns about rises in streams and creeks; ponding of water in low-lying areas; muddy rural roads; and stress on young livestock.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Patchy morning fog. A mix of clouds and sun, with a chance of an afternoon shower. A high near 56. Light SE wind.

    Wednesday night…Mostly cloudy, with a good chance of showers. Low around 38.

    Thursday…Rain Likely. Otherwise, cloudy and cool. A high of about 47.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastWe continue to alternate between clouds and showers; to clearer skies; to more clouds and showers.

    For Tuesday, scattered rain and snow showers, plus isolated thunderstorms will push across the area today. Highs will be mainly in the 40s, although areas of Southeast Montana will not make it past the 30s.

    There are travel concerns through Southeast Montana, and in Northern Wyoming around Sheridan. This includes I-90. Expect poor visibility and wet roads.

    Precipitation will taper off this afternoon as the upper low slips into South Dakota. An isolated thunderstorm is possible during the afternoon and early evening.

    Wednesday, temperatures will struggle back to the 50s for afternoon highs after a chilly morning. But, by later Wednesday, there is another shot of mountain snow and lower elevation rain that continues Thursday and somewhat on Friday.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Cloudy with rain showers. Rain could be mixed with snow in the morning. About 48 for the high. NE 5-15 mph.

    Tuesday night…Showers winding down with an isolated thunderstorm possible. Near a chilly 31 for the low.

    Wednesday…Partly sunny with isolated afternoon showers. Around 53 for a high.

  • It is a cool, showery week ahead. In the short-term, expect a return to some wintry weather.

    A deep trough of low pressure is digging in across the region, bringing cooler air from the North and moisture from the Pacific Northwest. The combination will bring area rain showers and areas of snow.

    Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for the Beartooth and Absaroka mountain ranges, with the potential of 8 to 14 inches of new snow through tomorrow. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for southeastern Montana and areas of northern Wyoming including Sheridan. This could be impacted with areas of snow, or at least some areas of heavier rain.

    For today, expect temperatures mainly in the upper 40s to upper 50s. Clouds will increase through the afternoon, with a chance of showers increasing.

    By this evening, areas of rain showers become more numerous with isolated thunderstorms in the lower elevations. Snow or rain snow mix in the mountain foothills with higher elevation snow overnight.

    Expect cool and showery weather on Tuesday, the highs mainly in the 40s. Off-and-on showers continue throughout the week with the highs mainly in the 50s.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Mostly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers increasing through the afternoon and evening. An afternoon thunderstorm is possible. A high near 58.

    Monday night… Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. A low of about 39.

    Tuesday… Mainly morning showers, and cool. A high of only around 48.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastWidespread rain and snow showers will continue through the day, and well into tonight. After a break through much of the weekend, these spring showers continue off-and-on next week.

    The best chance for rain in the Billings area will be from midday Friday through the pre-dawn hours of Saturday. Drier and warmer weather will fall.

    The Beartooth and Absaroka Mountains could pick up 3 to 6 inches of snow, with up to a foot of wet snow in the Bighorn range. Billings will be in the order of a quarter-to-half inch of total precipitation.

    High temperatures will be held down by cloudy and showery weather, with some locations reaching the warmest readings Friday morning. Areas east of Billings will be drier and warmer, and highs could reach the low 60’s with a mix of clouds and sun this afternoon.

    Saturday will dry out and warm up with more sunshine.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday…Rain showers likely. Otherwise, cloudy with a NW 10-20 mph wind. Temperatures will hold steady or slip through the afternoon.

    Friday night…Showers decreasing overnight. A low near 38.

    Saturday… About 60 for a high. Partly sunny.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastWe go from sun to rain and snow. And it only takes a day.

    Thursday will be highlighted by sunshine and dry conditions. Highs will range from the 50s in the mountain foothills to the mid-60s around Billings. Winds will be light for the most part, at 5-15 mph.

    By this afternoon, the mountains will see an increased chance of precipitation as the next storm system approaches the area. This will continue to spread from west to east overnight. Lows will be in the mid-30s to mid-40s.

    Some locations from Billings to the west and south could pick up ½ inch to an inch of precipitation through Friday. The mountains, especially the Bighorns, could see accumulating snowfall. The Beartooth foothills around Red Lodge could pick up an inch or two in snow.

    The rest of the area Friday has the chance of rain showers, with a cooler and cloudy day. Highs will be in the mid-40s to about 60. Temperatures will be warmer east of Billings, where the chance of rain in lower.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday…Sunny, with a high around 66. Light southerly wind.

    Thursday night…Mostly cloudy, and then cloudy. Showers likely overnight, as the temperatures drop to about 43.

    Friday…Showers likely. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 50.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastThe chance of showers will fade as the day goes on. But more rain will move into the area before the week is over.

    A front is moving across the area today, bringing rainy conditions to the area. The bulk of the rainfall past midmorning will be in areas to the East of Billings towards the Dakotas and through northern Wyoming.

    As the sky clears, temperatures from Billings to the West will be mainly in the low 60s, with 50s and 60s to the East with clouds and showers. There could be some gusty winds around some of the rain showers.

    The sky will start to clear this evening, with lows dropping into the 30s early Thursday.

    Warmer and drier conditions for Thursday, with the highs mainly in the 60s. It’s shaping up to be the warm day the week.

    Clouds and rain return to the forecast Friday, with the highs mainly in the 50s.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Clouds in a few showers in the morning give way to some sunshine for the afternoon. A high near 62.

    Wednesday night… Mostly clear with a low around 39. Light winds.

    Thursday… Sunny to mostly sunny with a high near 66.

  • Click here for 7 Day ForecastOur on-again, off-again pattern of rain showers continues. For the most part, today is an “off-again” day.

    Some mountain showers are possible by this afternoon, as a low-pressure system moves into the region. That will create some clouds throughout the day.

    Expect to partly to mostly cloudy day, with temperatures in the upper 50s to mid 60s across the region. Winds will generally be light.

    Rain showers will spread across most of the area overnight through Wednesday morning. By tomorrow, heaviest rain will be in the Bighorn Mountains heading eastward into the Dakotas.

    Expect generally drier conditions once again on Thursday, with afternoon highs well into the 60s. Another round of showers will move into the area Friday, cooling us to mainly the 50s.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. South breeze 5 to 10 mph.

    Tuesday night… Mostly cloudy with scattered overnight showers. Low temperature of about 44.

    Wednesday… Scattered showers especially early in the day. Partly sunny by the afternoon with a high around 61.

  • The chance of showers, and a break; the chance of showers, and a break; the chance of showers, and a break. The same pattern recurs throughout the week.

    A low-pressure system will move across the northern Rockies into northern Wyoming and southern Montana this afternoon. That will bring periods of wind, with gusts of 30 to 45 miles an hour.

    There is also a chance of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms today with gusty and erratic winds around so the storms through the early evening. Winds will decrease this evening.

    Highs will be mainly into the 60s, and the lows mainly in the upper 30s and 40s through the week.

    Tuesday will be drier with less wind, but the chance of showers returning Wednesday. Again, Thursday will be drier with another round of showers possible by Friday.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Generally mostly cloudy with an increasing chance of area showers and isolated thunderstorms by this afternoon and this evening. High of about 66. Winds will increase from the Northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph this afternoon and this evening.

    Monday night… Isolated evening showers or thunderstorms with decreasing wind. Otherwise, partly cloudy with a low near 41.

    Tuesday… Partly sunny with an isolated afternoon shower possible. High near 66.

  • Click Here for 7 Day ForecastTemperatures will warm each afternoon for the next several days. But, we have showers and isolated thunderstorms sprinkled in between.

    Tuesday is shaping up to be a dry and mostly sunny afternoon. Temperatures will be mainly into the mid to upper 50s, close to the 30 year average mid-April.

    A disturbance Tuesday night will bring isolated to scattered light showers around the area. Otherwise, mostly cloudy with temperatures mainly in the 30s early Wednesday.

    Wednesday, the warm-up continues with more of the high temperatures in the mid to lower 60s.

    By Thursday, temperatures spike into the 70s ahead of a cold front. By Thursday afternoon, scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop west of Billings as a strong disturbance arrives in the region.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Sunny to mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Light Southwest breeze.

    Tuesday night… Turning mostly cloudy, with a slight chance of an overnight shower or snow shower. Low of about 39.

    Wednesday… A slight chance of a morning shower and mostly sunny by the afternoon. Around 63 for the high temperature.