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  • Click for 7 Day ForecastA spring storm will bring rain to the lower elevations and mountain snow Thursday through Friday. Pleasant temperatures and sunshine return for the weekend.

    Hardest hit will be the North facing slopes of the mountains, where 10 to 15 inches of snow accumulation are possible. The Beartooth, Absaroka, Pryor, and Bighorn Mountains could all be affected with poor travel conditions and snow above 6000 feet.

    Periods of rain will continue through late Friday for the lower elevations. The greatest precipitation will be over the mountains, but the plains could pick up anywhere from a few hundredths of an inch, up to about three-quarters of an inch.

    Temperatures will be mainly into the 50s from Billings to the West today. 50s to low 60s to the East.

    Friday will be the cool day of the week, with highs in the 40s and 50s. Warmer and drier conditions will return Saturday with highs in the 50s to low 60s with a mix of clouds and sun.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Rain showers likely but could lull in the afternoon. Otherwise, cloudy with a high of about 53.

    Thursday night… Rain likely, especially late in the evening and overnight. Otherwise, cloudy. Near 42 for the low.

    Friday… Cloudy with morning rain likely decreasing during the afternoon. A high of around 51.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastMild temperatures highlight Wednesday’s weather. By Thursday, we shift back into the spring showers and mountain snow.

    In the short term, expect sunshine mix with some clouds today highs mainly in the mid to lower 60s. Expect a pleasant Wednesday with a light Southwest breeze.

    A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the Bighorn and Beartooth Mountains from Thursday morning until late Friday. Up to a foot of new snow, especially in the North facing slopes, is possible for the high elevations.

    It will be warm enough for rain showers in the lower elevations starting Thursday, with totals of 0.25 to 0.75 inches of precipitation possible through Friday.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Partly to mostly sunny with a high of about 64. Southwest breeze 5 to 15 miles an hour.

    Wednesday night… Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of overnight showers. Around 43 for the overnight low.

    Thursday… Cloudy with showers. A high of about 55.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastShowers will exit the region Tuesday from west to east. Warmer and drier air will follow, but more showers are not too far behind.

    Expect rainfall the lower elevations, and snow into the mountains Tuesday but decreasing as the day goes on. Much of the area could see a quarter to a half inch of total precipitation, with snow favoring the North facing slopes of the mountains.

    The system will slip toward the East throughout the day, allowing for decreasing clouds in the afternoon. Afternoon high temperatures will range from the upper 40s in extreme Eastern Montana to the 50s, including Billings.

    A ridge of high pressure will build in for Wednesday. Morning temperatures will be mainly in the 30s, and generally partly to mostly sunny with afternoon highs mainly in the mid to lower 60s.

    Another round of showers is likely to move through the area Thursday night through Friday morning.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Showers likely through the morning, with decreasing clouds in the afternoon. A high near 56. Northwest breeze 5 to 15 mph.

    Tuesday night… Mostly clear, with a low around 36.

    Wednesday… Partly to mostly sunny, with a high of about 64.

  • The spring weather pattern continues. Expect periods of warm and dry weather followed by cooler temperatures and showers, and then repeat again.

    Temperatures of be a bit warmer this afternoon, with highs ranging from the mid-50s in the mountain foothills West of Billings to the mid-60s into the Eastern plains. Clouds will increase throughout the day, with an increasing chance of showers by this evening.

    Snow will fall in the mountains tonight and tomorrow, with areas of rain showers in the lower elevations. Some of the mountain foothill locations, such as around Red Lodge in the Beartooth Mountains; and Story, Wyoming in the Bighorn Mountains, could see some slushy 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation.

    Tuesday will trend cooler, with most of the highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s. The best chance precipitation will be overnight through the day on Tuesday.

    Temperatures rebound to the low 60s with more sunshine on Wednesday, but could be back to the 40s to low 50s with more showers by Friday.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Partly sunny with a high near 62. Isolated showers late this afternoon.

    Monday night… Mostly cloudy during the evening was showers likely overnight. A 60% chance of rain. Low near 41.

    Tuesday… Cloudy with showers likely in the morning. Gradually becoming mostly sunny. High of about 54.

  • Click for the 7 Day ForecastA typical spring weather pattern seems to be developing. We will go from periods of sunshine and warming temperatures; that will be followed by cooler readings and chance of showers; then repeat the process again.

    For Friday, we are on the warm dry side of the cycle. Expect plenty of sunshine, with highs in the mid 60s. Winds will generally be light except in the mountain foothills where gusts could hit 50 mph.

    Saturday, a cold front will cool afternoon highs by about 10° with readings mainly in the 50s. Scattered showers will increase Saturday afternoon and evening.

    Sunday acts as a transition day, with the highs in the upper 50s and a mix of clouds and sun.

    We are back to warmer and drier conditions on Monday. Highs could again hit the low 60s.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Sunny, with a high near 64. South breeze 5 to 15 mph.

    Friday night… Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.

    Saturday… Increasing clouds, with a chance of an afternoon shower. Otherwise, cloudy to mostly cloudy with a high at about 53. A light breeze.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastBillings is right on the northwest edge of a strong storm system Thursday morning. But the overall trend for the weekend is pleasant spring weather.

    The weather system that brought thunderstorms of the Billings area late Wednesday is continuing to push eastward. It will produce areas of heavy rain, and high elevation snow especially in areas to the East and South of Billings.

    To the North and West of Billings, expect a mostly cloudy day with a highs mainly in the 50s.

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Bighorn Mountains, with 6 to 10 inches of wet heavy snow possible through this evening.

    As the storm system exits through this evening, warmer and drier air moves into the region.

    Friday, expect sunshine and highs in the 60s. You will be mainly in the 50s in the afternoons on Saturday and Sunday with only isolated showers. Overnight lows will be in the 30s over the weekend.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… A 50% chance of showers. Otherwise, mostly cloudy with a high near 55. North breeze 5 to 15 mph.

    Thursday night… Scattered evening showers, then turning partly cloudy. A low of around 34.

    Friday… Sunny, with a high of about 63. Light South breeze.

  • Click here for 7 Day ForecastWe will transition from warmer than average temperatures Wednesday, to cooler readings and a chance of rain Thursday.

    Areas of patchy fog Wednesday morning could hold back our warm up a bit for the afternoon, but we are still on track for highs to be mainly into the mid-60s across much of the area for today.

    Persistent fog, or clouds developing early in the afternoon, could hold back our warm up. Winds will generally be light, but pick up to 15 to 25 mph in the mountain foothills.

    A strong trough of low pressure pulls more moisture up into the region from the South Wednesday night. This will start to create showers in northern Wyoming and Southeast Montana overnight.

    We still maintain above average temperatures on Thursday, with a highs mainly in the 50s. The best chance of showers will be from Billings to the South and East. There could be some pockets of some heavy rain especially Thursday morning.

    Expect warmer and drier conditions Friday, with high temperatures 60 to 65.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers. Areas of patchy morning fog. A high at about 64.

    Wednesday night… Mostly cloudy, with a low near 41. A chance of showers after midnight.

    Thursday… Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Around 56 for the high.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastIt is a typical spring weather pattern. Translation: Things change just about every day.

    For Tuesday, generally cloudy to mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 40s to know warmer than the low 50s for the afternoon highs. Best chance of showers is during the morning.

    Mostly cloudy overnight, with most readings in the 30s first thing Wednesday.

    Wednesday will easily be the warmest day the week, with most of the highs well up into the 60s with a mix of clouds and sun. Clouds will increase later in the day.

    Thursday may be our best bet for rain showers this week, with the highs mainly in the 50s.

    Friday looks like a comfortable day, with sunshine and highs in the low 60s.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… The chance of showers decreases through the day. Otherwise cloudy to mostly cloudy with a high in the upper 40s. Light easterly wind.

    Tuesday night… Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. A low near 37.

    Wednesday… Partly sunny, with a high of about 68. West breeze.

  • Click here for 7 Day ForecastConditions remain a little unsettled for the next couple of days. Expect a spike in the temperatures Wednesday, with a chance of spring showers continuing.

    Expected a cool and somewhat unsettled Monday. Clouds could be followed by breaks of sunshine could be followed with scattered rain showers. Highs will be mainly in the 40s.

    Rain and snow will develop in the high elevations and spilled out into the plains Monday night. Much of the area could pick up an inch or two of accumulation, with maybe some snow in the grassy areas around Billings early Tuesday.

    As a high-pressure Ridge builds in, temperatures will Spike well into the 60s on Wednesday with decreasing afternoon clouds.

    Just as quickly, another disturbance brings a renew chance of rain showers back in Wednesday night into Thursday. Expect highs mainly in the 50s through the rest of the week and into the weekend.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Cloudy with a chance of scattered rain and snow showers. A high near 45. North breeze 5 to 10 mph.

    Monday night… Rain and snow showers during the evening, with a chance of snow overnight. A low near 31.

    Tuesday… A chance of a morning shower, otherwise cloudy to mostly cloudy with a high of about 47.

  • Click here for your 7 Day ForecastWe are still on track to set some record high temperatures on Saturday. By Sunday, we pick up a chance of showers. By Monday, temperatures are about average for this time of year.

    Overall, Friday looks fairly quiet and comfortable. Highs will be up in the mid-50s with a light southerly breeze.

    Overnight temperatures of be mainly into the mid to upper 30s and partly to mostly cloudy.

    With a high-pressure Ridge building in, temperatures soar on Saturday. Expect a mix of clouds and sunshine, with highs mainly in the 70s.

    Billing should easily eclipse the record high of 71° set in 2004. From Billings to the East, highs could be 75 to 80.

    A cold front moves through Saturday night into Sunday, producing rain showers and pushing temperatures back to the 50s Sunday afternoon.

    Monday is the official start of spring, and likely the coolest day of the week. Highs will be in the 40s to about 50.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Southeast breeze through the afternoon.

    Friday night… Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38 area

    Saturday… Partly sunny, with a record high of about 76. Southwest breeze 5 to 15 mph.