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  • A series of disturbances keep us watching for scattered spring showers this week. And flooding concerns will stick around a while.

    With one system exiting eastern Montana early Monday, another shortwave disturbance will keep a chance of mainly mountain showers going on Tuesday.

    A high pressure ridge will keep the lower elevations dry through the middle of the work week. By Friday and through the weekend, the chance of showers redevelops.

    With temperatures warming to around seasonal averages by midweek, highs in the upper 40s/low 50s will allow enough snow melt to aggravate some localized flooding. Additional precipitation form the showers may produce ice jams on some of the rivers and streams as well as flows increase.

    Ice jams can break at any time, sending waves of water downstream. Areas along the Musselshell River in particular should be ready for rapidly rising water.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

    Monday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Westerly wind 5 to 10 mph.

    Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. West to southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

  • A round of spring precipitation is moving in. That means almost anything goes.

    For Thursday morning, a few mountain snow showers are most likely. Isolated areas of rain, snow, sleet, or even light freezing rain are possible for the lower elevations especially for Billings to the west.

    By Thursday afternoon, it will become a dry day with highs ranging from upper 30s in the eastern plains, to the upper 40s around Billings, to some 50s in the mountain foothills west of Billings and through Northern Wyoming.

    A system from the California coast will move in quickly Thursday night and Friday. Rain, snow, sleet, and freezing rain will again develop, but this time it means business.

    The bulls-eye for the highest precipitation is in Eastern Montana and Northern Wyoming in areas east and south of Billings.

    Snow could be heavy at times. And with the additional threat of freezing rain, motorists should be very aware Friday. This weather will also be hard on young livestock.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday…Isolated morning snow showers or even freezing rain possible. Otherwise, a clearing sky for the afternoon with a high near 48.

    Thursday night…Mostly cloudy with a chance of an overnight snow shower. Low of about 29.

    Friday…Morning snow, eventually switching to rain in the afternoon. Otherwise cloudy and around 40.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastThe sunny afternoons can’t last forever, and the return of rain and snow is dead ahead.

    As our sunny and dry conditions slide off to the east, a Pacific weather system will bring rain and snow showers back to the region, moving from west to east. The chance of showers increases from Billings to the west through the evening and overnight.

    Areas of fog will also continue to hold temperatures back across Eastern and Northern Montana.

    Another round of showers will hit from Billings to the east with some generally light snow accumulations through Friday. The bigger problems could come from runoff across frozen ground creating icy areas and potential ice jams.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 53. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

    Wednesday night: A chance of rain showers before 9pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers late in the evening. Light snow is likely after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

    Thursday: Snow likely in the morning, then rain and snow, then a chance of rain after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

  • Click for 7 day Forecast The first half of the week is warm and dry, and then the trend is towards cooler and wetter weather.

    A quiet weather picture is developing for the next few days with a high-pressure ridge continuing to build in across the northern Rockies through Wednesday. Winds will be light, expect a clear to mostly clear sky.

    High temperatures Monday will be mainly in the 30s in Eastern Montana, with the 40s to low 50s from Billings to the West and South. The warmest readings will be in the mountain foothills and northern Wyoming.

    Overnight readings will be into the teens in Eastern Montana, and again a little warmer with 20s from Billings to the West and South

    After reaching 49° on Saturday, Billings may reach 50 for the first time this season Tuesday. The warmest readings will be Wednesday with the highs in the mid-50s around Billings, and range from the 40s to low 60s across Eastern Montana northern Wyoming.

    Although the details on our next weather system are sketchy, the overall trend approaching next weekend will be for slightly cooler temperatures and a better chance of rain and snow.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Mostly sunny with a high of about 45. Light westerly wind.

    Monday night… Mostly clear with a low of around 24.

    Tuesday… Sunshine with a high near 51.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast A quick moving weather system Friday is our last chance of moisture before a big warm-up next week.

    Winds around the Livingston and Nye area will be the big impact on the weather during the day, a cold front will move across the region creating areas of rain and snow showers during the afternoon and evening.

    Ahead of the front, temperatures will warm mainly into the 30s to 40s Friday afternoon, with some low 50s in the mountain foothills. Expect a mix of clouds and sun, with clouds increasing in the afternoon and evening.

    A fast-moving system dropping out of Western Canada this afternoon and this evening sweeps across the area reaching Eastern Montana early Saturday morning. With decent instability, a burst of heavier snow is possible for short period of time with the system.

    Accumulations looked to be light, with generally an inch or less for most of the area. Areas from Big Horn County Southeast into Carter County may see one to 2 inches.

    Temperatures will back off behind the front a bit for Saturday and Sunday, but with lots of sunshine should be pleasant. Highs will be mainly in the upper 30s to low 40s.

    A warm-up is on the way next week, with highs likely making the 50s in Billings by Tuesday or Wednesday.

    For 2018, Billings is not officially made it to 50° yet. This is the longest stretch without hitting 50 in the last 40 years.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Partly sunny with a high near 46. West wind 15 to 25 mph. Isolated showers during the afternoon and early evening.

    Friday night… Rain likely during the evening then snow to follow. Turning mostly cloudy overnight with a low around 29.

    Saturday… Isolated morning showers, then mostly sunny. A high of about 41. Light West wind increasing a bit in the afternoon.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Some showers around in the next couple of days, and increasing wind. In other words, it is feeling more like spring!

    Our warming trend will continue over the next couple of days with a bit of a setback this weekend. Highs Thursday will be mainly the 40s from around Billings to the west and across Northern Wyoming. Expect the mid-to-upper 30s across Eastern Montana.

    For Friday, the warm up continues with more of the region hitting the 40s and even some low 50s in the mountain foothills. With increasing snow melt, watch rivers for ice jams and localized ponding of water.

    The winds will be breezy in the Livingston area on Thursday, and increase Friday. Gusts will start to reach over 50 mph along I-90 around Livingston, and the winds around Billings increase to 15 to 25 mph Friday.

    Friday night through Saturday morning, rain and snow showers develop and could throw down a quick couple of inches of fresh snow in a few areas. Roads could be slick in some places.

    Temperatures retreat to the 30s and low 40s for the weekend. An overall warm up follows next week with the warmest readings much of the area has seen so far in 2018.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday…Mostly cloudy with a high near 42. SW 10-20 mph.

    Thursday night…Partly to mostly cloudy and a low near 29.

    Friday…Partly sunny during the day with an increasing chance of afternoon or evening showers. Winds increase to 15 to 25 mph. High of about 46.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast As our latest round of snow exits, is hard to find another storm system coming in behind it.

    The Montana/North Dakota border is still feeling the effects of our latest winter storm Monday, but that will decrease throughout the day. The worst of the snow and blowing snow is over.

    Tuesday will be the first in a series of dry days as a high-pressure ridge builds in. Temperatures will gradually warm over the next few days.

    Highs will be mainly in the 20s to mid 30s Tuesday, with more 30s by Wednesday and Thursday. Highs in the upper 30s to 40s will end the week.

    A disturbance looks on track to bring a chance of rain/snow showers late Friday. Beyond that, temperatures will begin to rise and we could be on track to hit 40s to even low 50s by the end of next week.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Mostly sunny with a high near 33. West wind 15 to 25 mph.

    Tuesday night… Partly cloudy with a low of around 12. Wind chill values as low as -5.

    Wednesday… Sunny with a high of about 37.

  • enter link description hereSnow and blowing snow work their way back in the forecast this weekend.

    Temperatures remain below seasonal averages again Friday and Saturday, with afternoon readings mainly in the 30s. Some 40s are expected Friday, especially in the mountain foothills and through Northern Wyoming, and Billings could see some low 40s around town.

    Expect a mix of clouds and sun both days, with winds decreasing in the Livingston foothills through this evening.

    Saturday morning temperatures will start mainly in the teens to low 20s, and top off in the mid-to-lower 30s. As clouds increase Saturday, start watching for snow.

    Snow is expected to begin late Saturday, and may be heavy at times through Monday east of Billings. Gusty winds could bring blowing and drifting snow, especially in Southeast Montana and across portions of Northern Wyoming.

    Current expected snow amounts could be 3 to 6 inches form Billings to the west. The Red Lodge foothills be in for 5-9 inches, and 5-9 inches could fall and blow around Eastern Montana and Sheridan County Wyoming.

    A dip to the south or a bob to the north with this system could make a significant difference in snow amounts, so check back for updates.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday…Partly sunny with a high of about 37. Isolated area showers in the afternoon. SW wind turns easterly this afternoon, but remains light.

    Friday night…Mostly cloudy with a low near 20.

    Saturday…Partly sunny with a high around 35. Snow likely by Saturday night.

  • Click for 7 day Forecast Be aware. The chance of snow increases this weekend.

    An area of high pressure allows us to start with sunshine, and a bit of wind down the East mountain slopes. As the day goes on, cloud cover will increase the chance of mountain snow showers by this evening.

    Afternoon highs will once again remain below average with most readings in the 30s. Overnight readings will be mainly in the teens first thing Friday.

    As an upper low digs to the West of Montana, highs will warm to the upper 30s and low 40s. Friday looks to be the warmest day of the week overall.

    A chance of rain and snow showers develops by Friday evening, again favoring mainly the mountains.

    A fairly strong disturbance moves across the area Saturday morning. With increased moisture across the area, the chance of snow showers develops Saturday night through Sunday.

    In general, and we are expecting 1 to 3 inches of new snow in areas North of Yellowstone River, and perhaps 3 to 6 inches in some areas South of the Yellowstone.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Mostly sunny with a high near 38. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

    Thursday night… Partly cloudy with a low of about 18.

    Friday… Partly sunny with increasing afternoon clouds. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon and evening. Around 40 for the high temperature.

  • Click for 7 day Forecast After a very busy first half of February, the month is ending on a quieter note.

    High temperatures will be mainly in the 30s and the teens for the lows for the next several days. A few spots could spike into the low 40s Thursday and Friday as a week high-pressure Ridge builds in.

    Wind gusts of 20 to 40 miles an hour around the Livingston and Big Timber area look on track for Wednesday and Thursday.

    Mainly dry conditions persist through the early weekend, but the chance of snow increases Saturday night into Sunday.

    Below average temperatures will likely continue into next week. Highs would normally be 40 to 45 in Billings, and lows average in the low 20s in early March.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Mostly sunny with a high of about 36. Westerly wind 5 to 15 mph.

    Wednesday night… Partly cloudy with a low near 14. Wind chill values as low as zero.

    Thursday… Partly sunny with a high of around 37.