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  • The bad news: The wind will blow. The good news: The wind will help scour out the cold air. At least for a while.

    A disturbance moving from west to east across Canada will increase the wind down the east mountain slopes Wednesday, mixing down warmer air and boosting the temperatures.

    Expect afternoon highs in the 30s to lower 40s Wednesday afternoon in most locations. A few the river valleys could hold onto some stubborn cold air with readings in the 20s.

    Winds and the Western foothills around Livingston will increase throughout the day, and could reach peaks of 50 to 60 mph at times. These gusty winds will continue off and on through Thursday night, also creating stronger gust around Big Timber and Red Lodge Thursday.

    Expect increasing cloud cover Thursday, as a cold front starts to move into the region. Temperatures will peak well into the 40s ahead of the front and much of the area Thursday before the front arrives.

    Areas of rain and snow showers will develop Thursday night into Friday with a downward trend in the temperatures into early next week.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Sunny, with a high near 40. Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph.

    Wednesday night… Partly cloudy with a low around 31. West wind.

    Thursday… Increasing afternoon clouds with a high of about 46. West winds 15 to 25 mph.

  • A few morning weather issues turn into sunshine and warming temperatures Tuesday afternoon and beyond.

    Areas of morning fog will persist from Billings to the west toward the mountains Tuesday morning. And bitter cold wind chills will ease east of Billings through the morning. Use care in both situations for now.

    Tuesday afternoon temperatures will warm to the upper 20s / low 30s around Billings. In fact, the entire area will be warmer than the last couple of days.

    With sunshine around the area, highs will be warmer west of Billings with highs in the 30s. Colder conditions are expected east of Billings with the teens for the highs heading toward the Dakotas.

    The wind will increase down the east mountain slopes. Livingston and along I-90 in that area could experience 40 mph gusts.

    The trend will be warmer each day through Thursday, topping off in the 40s.

    By Thursday afternoon and evening, an increasing chance of rain and snow showers develops before temperatures start to cool for the weekend.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday…Patchy morning fog. Otherwise partly cloudy with a high of about 29. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    Tuesday night…Mostly clear and around 22 for a low.

    Wednesday…Mostly sunny and warmer. Near 39 for the high.

  • Sunday night’s snowfall left some slick conditions. Sunny but cold conditions are left behind.

    Despite plenty of afternoon sunshine, expect readings to stay in the single digits around Billings today, with readings below zero all day in the Eastern plains. Closer the mountain foothills, areas like Red Lodge to Livingston could be 20 to 30° for a high Monday afternoon.

    With fresh snow and ice, be careful of some snow and ice melting enough on roads and sidewalks to re-freeze into slick ice.

    Overnight will be the coldest period in the short-term. Tuesday morning temperatures will be mainly below zero, with bitter cold wind chills in Southeast Montana.

    Readings will warm mainly to the 20s on Tuesday, and 30s on Wednesday.

    Thursday looks like the warmest day, with a chance of hitting highs in the mid to lower 40s. A chance of snow returns Thursday night and temperatures begin to drop again.

    Billings forecast:

    ML King Junior Day… Sunny and cold with a high near 9. Wind chill values as low as -10. Southerly breeze 5 to 15 mph.

    Monday night… Mostly clear, with a low of about -2. Windchill values as low as -20.

    Tuesday… Sunny with a high around 28.

  • It stays cold all day and all night Thursday through Friday. And there’s more snow on the way.

    With a mix of clouds and sunshine, high temperatures will be mainly into the single digits above and below zero in the plains Thursday. Warmer readings into the teens and 20s are likely through northern Wyoming and in the mountain foothills.

    By this afternoon and this evening, snow redevelops moving across the area from West to East. For the most part, expect light over night accumulations of 1 to 3 inches across the lower elevations.

    Overnight readings will again be warmer the mountain foothills, but drop to is cold as the teens below zero in the Eastern plains of the state. Billings will likely be in the low single digits.

    A chance of snow showers especially early on Friday. Again, temperatures will stay chilly mainly in the single digits above and below zero and warmer in the higher elevations.

    Readings spike well into the 30s Saturday afternoon. Highs will stay in the 30s for the weekend, and drop to the mid to lower 20s for Martin Luther King Day.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow later. High at around six.

    Thursday night… Snow likely with a low of about 2°. 1 to 3 inches of new snow.

    Friday… Snow likely in the morning and mostly cloudy in the afternoon. A high of around 10.

  • Snow and cold return to the region. Hazardous travel is likely.

    Overnight rain showers become snow as cold air surges down from the north throughout the day. This could cause areas of ice to form with snow over the top for very slick conditions.

    Yellowstone County and the surrounding counties are under a Winter Storm Warning. Widespread accumulations of 4 to 6 inches of new snow with 6 to 10 inches into the higher elevations is expected. Around the rest of southern Montana northern Wyoming, expecting 1 to 5 inches of snow.

    Temperatures will hold steady or drop through the rest of the day. Snow showers will and during the afternoon and evening, and with some clearing overnight temperatures will be very cold in the morning.

    Expect morning readings Thursday to start in the single digits above and below zero with a additional wind chill values.

    A break in the snow is expected Thursday, but another round of snow showers will develop Thursday night through Friday with additional accumulations.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Snow decreasing through the afternoon. Temperatures also decreasing through the afternoon. Easterly wind 5 to 15 miles an hour.

    Wednesday night… Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow. A low around one above. Wind chill values as low as -15.

    Thursday… Partly to mostly cloudy with a high in the upper teens to around 20. A slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon with a better chance Thursday night and Friday.

  • With a mild Tuesday in store, our focus is on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

    After of break from the cold and snow, rain showers will start to develop Tuesday evening. As Arctic air moves down from the North, rain will switch to snow Tuesday night through Wednesday.

    Snow totals are still a bit uncertain, but could be running 3 to 8 inches across southern Montana northern Wyoming. Billings and Yellowstone County may have some of the higher snow totals.

    Be prepared for travel impacts early Wednesday. Slick and snowy roads are expected.

    Tuesday will be the last chance for outdoor work before colder and more active weather moves back in. Highs will be mainly into the upper 30s to upper 40s, with increasing afternoon clouds.

    Winds will remain gusty around the Livingston area impacting travel on I 90.

    As the snow on the cold arrive Wednesday, the warmest temperatures will likely be in the morning, and then drop to the rest of the day.

    Readings will be mainly into the 20s early Wednesday, but drop to the single digits by Thursday morning.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Mostly to partly cloudy with a high 45. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

    Tuesday night… A chance of evening rain showers, then snow likely overnight. A low of about 24. Around 2 inches of new snow on the ground early in the morning.

    Wednesday… Snow. A high around 27 in the morning, and getting colder through the afternoon and evening with the chance of snow decreasing as the temperatures drop.

  • The weather for the week starts quiet enough. Tuesday night through Wednesday, there’s a good chance of rain switching to snow with colder air to follow.

    As a trough of low pressure moves into the region Tuesday night, rain showers will start to develop across the region. A surge of cold air Tuesday night into Wednesday will change the rain to snow.

    Accumulations of 2 to 4 inches will be common, with bands of 4 to 8 inches possible. The high elevations should receive 6 to 12 inches of snow.

    In the short-term, high temperatures will stay mainly in the 40s for the lower elevations Monday and Tuesday. Lows will be mainly in the 20s. Expect a mix of clouds and sun with a Southwest breeze.

    Winds will remain somewhat gusty around Livingston and Nye, with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph.

    Starting Wednesday, high temperatures will be mainly in the 20s to low 30s for the rest of the week. Friday may not make it out of the teens.

    Another chance of scattered snow showers develops Thursday night through Friday with unsettled weather continuing into the weekend.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Partly to mostly cloudy with temperatures topping off around 42. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

    Monday night… Partly cloudy with a low of about 30.

    Tuesday… Partly sunny with a high around 45. Clouds increase with a chance of evening rain showers.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast You might like the warmer weather if you don’t mind the wind.

    Temperatures will continue to increase Friday and Saturday, as a high-pressure Ridge builds in across the Western US. Regional highs will be mainly into the upper 30s to mid-40s.

    By far the warmest readings will be in the mountain foothills West of Billings. Wind gusts could reach over 50 miles an hour, but some of the afternoon temperatures in the mountain foothills have the potential to reach the upper 40s to low 50s.

    Areas of Eastern Montana will likely stay in the teens and 20s Friday afternoon.

    The sky will be partly to mostly cloudy Friday and Saturday.

    A disturbance will move through late Saturday into Sunday, grading mountain snow in a few scattered rain and snow showers for the lower elevations.

    Despite a slight cool down on Sunday, temperatures move back up Monday and Tuesday with the 30s and 40s for afternoon highs.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Partly to mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph.

    Friday night… Mostly cloudy with a low around 31. Breezy conditions continue.

    Saturday… Partly sunny with a high 40-45.

  • click for 7 Day Forecast A continued warming trend the next few days could hold temperatures at seasonal averages, or warmer, well into next week.

    A combination of a large ridge of high pressure across the Western US and a bit of a wind coming down the East mountain slopes will combine to boost afternoon temperatures mainly in the 30s today and upper 30s and 40s tomorrow.

    Expect sunshine in a generally light breeze across the region for this afternoon. Winds will start to increase down the East mountain slopes tonight around Livingston, and continue to be breezy through Saturday.

    Billings can expect slightly windier conditions Friday night and Saturday when temperatures peak in the upper 30s and 40s.

    There is a chance of scattered snow showers on Saturday as a disturbance moves through. Temperatures will cool slightly on Sunday, but there are some indications more 30s and 40s are on the way for Monday and Tuesday of next week.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Sunny with a high of about 37. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

    Thursday night… Mostly clear with a low near 25. Southwest breeze 5 to 15 mph.

    Friday… Partly sunny but warmer with high temperatures reaching around 41. Westerly breeze 5 to 20 mph.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast The overall trend the next few days will be warmer and drier. But some areas will be a little more stubborn than others in getting rid of the cold.

    A Ridge of high pressure across the Western US will continue to edge temperatures upward the next few days. Higher elevations will tend to warm work quickly, with sheltered areas in low-lying areas with more snow cover holding onto the cold temperatures longer.

    There is a disturbance moving from British Columbia across Montana through the day today. That will produce clouds, and a chance of sprinkles are flurries especially through midday.

    Cold air from the Bighorn Basin in northern Wyoming will also follow the River valleys and could hold temperatures back in low-lying areas.

    Winds up the East slopes of the Rockies will cause some blowing and drifting especially West of Billings. But, the downsloping winds will also aid in our warm-up.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… A slight chance of sprinkles or flurries through midday. Otherwise partly to mostly cloudy with a high near 34. Some patchy blowing snow in the morning.

    Wednesday night… Decreasing clouds becoming mostly clear. A low around 21. Southwest breeze.

    Thursday… Sunny to mostly sunny with a high around 35. Westerly wind 5 to 15 mph. or