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  • Click for 7 Day Forecast While the bulk of the moisture seems to be staying South of Billings, our best chance of precipitation is Friday morning rain and snow showers. Windy and gradually warming conditions will follow.

    Bands of rain and snow showers will persist through Friday morning. Areas closer to the mountains, like Red Lodge, could pick up a quick 1 to 2 inches of snow, with rain showers or a rain/snow mix favoring areas from Billings to the South.

    A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Beartooth and Absaroka mountains with 8 to 14 inches of new snow possible for the high elevations.

    I 90 could be slushy from Lodge Grass South to Sheridan, Wyoming until Friday afternoon.

    Areas from Billings to the North will stay drier.

    Winds will increase during Friday afternoon. Gusts around Livingston could reach 40 mph. Much of the rest of the region, including Billings, will have sustained winds of 15 to 25 miles an hour through much of the weekend.

    High temperatures will be in the upper 30s to mid 40s Friday and Saturday.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Morning rain and snow showers will turn to a partly to mostly cloudy afternoon. High temperatures will be near 42. West winds will increase to 15 to 25 mph.

    Friday night… Partly cloudy with a westerly wind 15 to 25 miles an hour. An overnight low around 27.

    Saturday… Mostly sunny and continued breezy. About 43 for the high.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Thursday will be the warmest day the week, but showers are close behind.

    Ahead of a cold front, Thursday afternoon highs will be mainly in the 50s across the plains. Clouds will increase as a cold front moves in from the West.

    Gusty winds will blow Thursday morning along I 90 near Livingston. Gusts to around 60 mph are also possible in the Cody, Wyoming foothills.

    A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Absaroka/Beartooth mountains tonight through Friday. A foot or more new snow is possible above 7000 feet.

    Rain and snow showers will scatter across the area overnight through especially Friday morning, exiting into the Dakotas during the afternoon.

    Overall, snow accumulations will be light for the lower elevations. But travel hazards could develop early Friday.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Partly sunny early with increasing afternoon clouds. A high near 55. Southerly breeze 5 to 15 mph.

    Thursday night… Evening rain showers possible, with rain and snow likely overnight. A near 32.

    Friday… Rain and snow showers in the area in the morning, and then partial clearing in the afternoon. About 41 for the high temperature. West winds will increase to about 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Wednesday’s weather is fairly quiet. But, our next storm system arrives late Thursday.

    Regional high temperatures Wednesday will be mainly in the 40s. Expect clouds to increase West of Billings through the afternoon, with a sunnier sky to the East. Winds will generally be light.

    By Wednesday night, winds will get gusty around Livingston with a chance of high elevation snow showers. Generally mostly cloudy overnight with low temperatures in the upper 20s to mid 30s.

    Thursday will be the warmest day the week in many places. Ahead of a cold front, temperatures will soar of the 50s. Clouds will increase through the afternoon.

    A chance of rain showers or rain snow mix will develop Thursday night through Friday morning with mountain snow. Overall accumulations will be light.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. South breeze 5 to 10 mph.

    Wednesday night… Mostly cloudy with a low around 33.

    Thursday… Partly sunny with increasing afternoon clouds. Isolated afternoon showers. About 54 for the warmest reading.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast A cold front has already moved to the area. Behind it, a chance of showers will decrease throughout the day with wind in the mountain foothills.

    With our latest weather disturbance already into the Dakotas, Tuesday morning will hold a chance of showers. By the afternoon, the sun starts to break through.

    Strong winds down the East mountain slopes will continue around Livingston extending southward to the Cody Foothills of northern Wyoming. Gusts could reach 40 to 60 mph.

    High temperatures will be mainly in the mid to upper 40s Tuesday afternoon. Another surge of colder air moves down from the North, leaving Wednesday a few degrees cooler.

    Highs will be mainly mid to lower 40s on Wednesday, but then return to the upper 40s and 50s on Thursday. Another chance of showers moves through the area Thursday night through Friday morning.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Scattered morning showers with clouds decreasing in the afternoon. Mostly sunny later in the day, with a high near 46. West wind 5 to 15 mph.

    Tuesday night… Mostly clear with a low of about 25.

    Wednesday… Mostly sunny and around 45 for the high temperature.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Over the weekend, temperatures will warm and snow will melt. But there is also the chance of a little additional snow.

    Some areas of localized morning fog will give way to more sunshine Friday afternoon. Southwesterly winds will increase down the East slopes of the Rockies ahead of a cold front.

    Mostly sunny Friday afternoon with highs mainly in the upper 30s to mid 40s. Areas East of Billings could even reach upper 40s to low 50s.

    A Pacific cold front will move across the area late Friday into Saturday morning. This brings a good chance of snow into the mountains and a quick shot of rain or snow across the plains.

    The best chance of precipitation from Billings to the West’s Friday night through Saturday morning, with the system working through Eastern Montana into the Dakotas through Saturday afternoon.

    Overall, look for high temperatures in the mid to lower 40s Friday through Sunday and overnight temperatures mainly in the 20s for the lower elevations.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Mostly sunny with a high near 43. Southwest breeze 5 to 10 mph.

    Friday night… Cloudy to mostly cloudy with isolated snow showers, especially after midnight. About 27 for a low.

    Veterans Day… Scattered snow showers in the morning, with clearing in the afternoon to a partly cloudy sky. Around 41 for the high.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Areas of dense morning fog will be slow to clear. More patchy fog could be on the way early Friday.

    Some areas could continue to see fog through midday. Limit trips, leave extra time if you have to travel, and clear your windshield.

    Fog will influence our Thursday afternoon temperatures, with a cloudy to mostly cloudy afternoon. Highs will be mainly in the 20s to around 30 degrees. Winds will be light, blowing from the east.

    More patchy fog will re-develop overnight, with lows in the teens and low 20s.

    Friday may start with foggy patches, but warm to the mid-to-lower 40s in much of the area.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Widespread fog, with some patches possible even in the afternoon. Otherwise cloudy to mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

    Thursday night…Mostly cloudy with a low near 22. Some fog is possible.

    Friday…Mostly sunny, and around 43 for the high.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast A cold front moving through the area midday Wednesday holds the temperatures in check for a couple of afternoons. But expect some snow to melt by Friday afternoon with warmer readings.

    A cold front should move through the region through Wednesday morning and early afternoon, keeping temperatures steady or dropping through the rest of the day. Highs will be mainly in the mid to lower 30s, with some upper 30s to low 40s through northern Wyoming.

    In general, the sky will be mostly cloudy. Southwesterly winds will shift to the North as the front passes through. Gusty winds around Livingston and along I 90 will ease up as the front passes, reducing the chance of blowing snow.

    Thursday will start again in the single digits in teens and return to the mid to lower 30s for the afternoon highs. Expect a mostly cloudy day, with a slight chance of a flurry or even spotty areas of freezing rain first thing in the morning.

    Temperatures will pump to the mid-40s on Friday. Highs will likely stay in the 40s each afternoon through at least Monday, with overnight temperatures mainly in the 20s.

    There are still hints we could pick up some showers late Friday or early Saturday.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Southwest winds 10 to 20 tourney northeasterly in the afternoon.

    Wednesday night… Mostly cloudy, with a low of about 15.

    Thursday… Mostly cloudy with a high around 32. Light East wind.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Despite sunshine, expect a chilly day after record-setting overnight lows.

    Temperatures began to plummet before midnight. Billings dropped all away to 3°, breaking the record for November 6, 1936 of 4°.

    Miles City and Livingston also reach new record lows before midnight Monday. Sheridan, Wyoming came within a few degrees of record.

    For Tuesday, expect plenty of sunshine. But with the chilly morning readings and fresh snow on the ground, highs won’t make it past the upper 20s to low 30s.

    Winds are increasing down the East mountain slopes from Livingston to Big Timber, some of the wind pushing out towards Billings. Wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph will develop Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, possibly causing areas of blowing snow along I 90.

    Expect afternoon highs to stay in the upper 20s to mid 30s Wednesday and Thursday. Over the weekend, highs in the mid to lower 40s are on track.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Sunny, with a high of about 30. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

    Tuesday night… Partly to mostly clear, with a around 18. Southwest wind continues 10 to 20 mph, producing cold wind chill values.

    Wednesday… Partly cloudy, with a Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph. About 33 for a high.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast The snow showers wind down through the day on Monday, some very cold temperatures will follow.

    The best chance of snow for the rest of the week is likely Monday morning, with only light accumulations around Billings. 2 to 4 inches and some travel concerns remain for areas to the North and West of Billings through the early afternoon.

    Temperatures will be mainly in the high teens to low 20s Monday afternoon, but slip to the single digits for overnight lows early Tuesday.

    The sky will start to clear Monday afternoon and evening, with a sunny sky by Tuesday afternoon. Highs Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be mainly in the mid to lower 30s.

    The trend by Friday is breezy and warmer with highs hitting the upper 30s to mid 40s through the weekend.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Mainly light morning snow, with some clearing in the afternoon. A high near 20. Northeast breeze 5 to 10 mph.

    Monday night… Partly cloudy with a low of about 9.

    Tuesday… Around 33 for the high temperature with sunshine and a light breeze.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Additional snow and cold can be expected through the weekend. Travel will be hazardous from Billings to the West.

    A chance of snow showers will continue Friday, with some lows possible during the afternoon and early evening. The best chance of snow will be from Billings towards the West, with scattered rain and snow showers across Southeast Montana and northern Wyoming.

    High temperatures Friday will be mainly into the 30s from Billings to the West and North, but as warm as the low 40s in Eastern Montana northern Wyoming.

    A cold front will move through the area tonight, bringing cold temperatures and widespread snowfall to the mountains and foothills. The best chance of snow will be from West of a line from Roundup to Billings to Sheridan, Wyoming.

    Snow in the mountain foothills in areas like Columbus and Red Lodge could accumulate 4-8 inches.

    Big Timber to Livingston could see 8 inches up to a foot of new snow.

    The higher elevations could pick up 10 to 20 inches of new snow.

    East of Billings, accumulations of 2 inches or less are expected.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Cloudy with a chance of snow showers in the morning, with scattered rain and snow in the afternoon. A high near 37. Light East breeze.

    Friday night… Snow showers especially overnight. Light accumulations. A low near 27.

    Saturday… Morning snow showers decreasing in the afternoon. 1 to 3 inches of new accumulation. A high of about 33.