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  • Click for 7 Day ForecastMild temperatures continue through the weekend. But a significant change in the weather is on track for in the middle of next week.

    A week cold front moved through overnight, and that will gradually reduce winds from Billings to the West throughout the morning hours. We will be left with sunshine mixed with a few clouds and highs mainly in the upper 40s to mid 50s.

    A few mountain snow showers or a rain snow mix will move into the foothills this evening through Saturday. Otherwise, expect readings in the upper 40s to low 50s Saturday afternoon and trend a little bit warmer on Sunday through Tuesday.

    Wednesday will act as a transition day, with the highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. A chance of showers develops by Wednesday evening.

    Significantly cooler air could move into the area Wednesday night into Thursday causing areas of rain and snow showers to switch to all snow Thursday.

    At this point, it doesn’t look like the drop in temperatures will be that much below average for this time of year, and the snowfall totals don’t appear to be extremely high. But, it does indicate a transition back into more winter-like conditions.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Mainly sunny, with a high near 55. A westerly wind 10 to 20 mph.

    Friday night… Mostly to partly cloudy, with a low of about 32. Light winds.

    Saturday… Partly to mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. An easterly breeze.

  • Click Here for 7 Day ForecastAnother mild day in store, but still some gusty winds. And, even a cold front tonight doesn’t bring the temperatures down very much.

    High temperatures today will be mainly into the 50s, and possibly some low 60s. Winds will continue to be strong around the Livingston and Nye areas, and push about a 15 to 25 mph wind around the Billings area. Expect a mix of clouds and sunshine this afternoon.

    A weak cold front moves through the area tonight causing isolated to scattered showers to develop. With the warm air around, this will stay is rain or a rain/snow mix.

    Temperatures will be mainly in the 30s early Friday.

    A weak Ridge of high pressure tries to build back in Friday, keeping high temperatures mainly in the mid-50s.

    Saturday may be the coolest day in the short-term, with highs in the mid 40s to low 50s. Mild readings into the upper 40s to 50s will persist for Tuesday. There are some indications indicate it could get chillier by the end of next week.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Partly to mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Southwest wind 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

    Thursday night… A slight chance of evening showers, otherwise mostly cloudy. A low near 37. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

    Friday… Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Southwest breeze 15 to 25 mph.

  • Click here for 7 Day ForecastTemperatures will be very mild the next couple of days, and may even challenge some record highs. But, there are a couple of downsides.

    Strong winds will continue to blow down the slopes of the Rockies Wednesday, with gusts around Livingston up to about 60 miles an hour possible for Wednesday, Wednesday night, and Thursday. Billings will likely see gusts to about 40 mph. The winds will be lighter East of Billings.

    There is also still considerable amount of snow and ice in areas from Billings to the East. Much of this will melt over the next couple of days, and with frozen ground, it could lead to some ice jams. Lower line roads around creeks, culverts, and coulees could be covered with water.

    Otherwise, expect plenty of sunshine in above average temperatures. Most readings will be in the 50s Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Even some low 60s are possible.

    The record high temperature for Billings for Wednesday is 62°. Miles City has a record high 55, and Sheridan, Wyoming would have to make it all away to 63 to tie Wednesday’s record high. Livingston may have the best chance of breaking daily record high of 58° on Wednesday.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Sunny, with a high near 59. West winds 15 to 30 miles an hour with gusts to 40 possible.

    Wednesday night… Mostly clear, with a low near 36. Gusty West winds continue to blow.

    Thursday… Mostly sunny, and a high near 58. Winds will be gusty in the morning and decrease somewhat in the afternoon.

  • Click for your 7 Day ForecastSunny and warm days will become a more regular occurrence through the weekend. However, winds will become stronger and showers are still possible.

    Sunny, warm, and dry conditions will dominate the weather for the next couple of days. Highs Tuesday will be in the mid to lower 50s around the Billings area, and could run 5° warmer by the end of the day Wednesday.

    Winds will increase over the Western valleys, and continue to blow from the mountain foothills out towards Billings likely through Thursday. Strong Southwest winds will impact travel from Livingston to Big Timber on I-90 from late Tuesday through Thursday. Dangerous cross winds could gust to well over 60 mph.

    Winds will increase 15 to 25 mph around Billings Tuesday night and continue to blow with gusts to around 40 through Wednesday.

    There is a chance of showers Thursday evening with the disturbance moving through.

    With warm daytime highs and overnight lows staying above freezing, there is potential for ice jams on area streams, creeks, and rivers.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Sunshine, with the high near 52. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

    Tuesday night… Clear, with a low of about 32. Winds increasing Southwest 15 to 25 mph.

    Wednesday… Sunny again, with a high around 59. Southwest wind 15 to 30 mph, with gusts to 40 mph.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastWarmer but at times windy conditions are expected across the region through the week. More of the snow and ice will melt as highs edge well above seasonal averages.

    Lots of sunshine in the afternoon, with temperatures mainly in the 40s for today and again on Tuesday. We will see a modest increase in the afternoon highs Tuesday afternoon.

    Winds will become much stronger down the East mountain slopes by Tuesday night, pushing temperatures well into the 50s Wednesday afternoon. Gusts in the mountain foothills during the middle of the week will likely exceed 60 mph.

    Temperatures will be the warmest through Thursday, when we have a chance to reach near 60 in the Billings area. As the winds ease up by Friday and Saturday, temperatures will be in the 40s for the highs, and 20s to low 30s for the lows heading into the weekend.

    Additional snow melt during the week could aggravate the potential for flooding in some of the creeks and streams. Continue to use caution in low-lying areas.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Sunshine, with a high near 47. Southwest wind 10 to 25 miles an hour decreasing the afternoon.

    Monday night… Clear, with a low around 25.

    Tuesday… More sunshine, and about 49 for a high. Winds will increase by Tuesday evening.

  • Click for 7 day ForecastWarm overnight temperatures continue the melting that started Thursday. Despite increasing afternoon clouds out ahead of the next cold front, readings will still be mainly in the 40s to low 50s for this afternoon.

    High creeks and streams can be expected this weekend, with plenty of muddy conditions.  The frozen ground won’t absorb a lot, so runoff problems will exist. Also, road and sidewalks could become very slick in places.

    Winds of decreased somewhat in the mountain foothills around Livingston extending up towards Harlowton but will remain breezy Friday. Still expect wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles an hour along I 90 Friday and again Saturday.

    A cold front moving through the area later today will bring a downshift in the temperatures and a chance of higher elevation showers into the foothills and mountains.

    Overnight temperatures will be mainly in the 40s and partly to mostly cloudy.

    For Saturday and Sunday, expect sunny to mostly sunny afternoons with highs in the 30s to around 40°. Saturday will be breezy.

    The trend for next week is warm and dry weather with the highs mainly in the 40s and the lows in the 20s.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Partly to mostly cloudy, with a high around 48. West breeze 10 to 20 mph.

    Friday night… Partly to mostly cloudy, with a low near 26.

    Saturday… Mostly sunny and breezy, with gusts to 45 mph possible by the afternoon. A little cooler, with about 38 for the high.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastThursday starts a transition to a warmer and drier forecast that will continue right into next week. But, there are a few hazards as we switch from the cold and snow.

    Warmer air will continue to move into the region Thursday, with the potential of some rain and snow showers the higher elevations especially. A stray shower could move across the plains, with isolated areas of freezing rain a possibility.

    Strong and gusty winds of up to 75 miles an hour possible for the Livingston, Nye, and Big Timber areas today and this evening. That could cause areas of blowing snow before the temperatures warm enough to form a crust over the snow.

    Highs today will range from the 30s East of Billings, the mid to lower 40s around Billings, and upper 40s to low 50s in the mountain foothills.

    Friday will be warmer overall, with more the highs hitting the 40s and the winds decreasing.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… A 20% chance of morning showers, otherwise mostly cloudy. A high near 44, with westerly winds 15 to 25 mph.

    Thursday night… Mostly cloudy, with a low around a mild 37. Continued breezy.

    Friday… Partly sunny, with a high of about 46. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastWe will see a huge contrast in the weather between Wednesday and Thursday, with warmer and drier conditions moving in. And, it looks like that pattern is going to stick around for a while.

    A few light snow showers are still possible over the area today, and another push of moisture brings a chance of mountain snow showers this evening.

    High temperatures will be warmer to the mountain foothills, with readings mainly in the 20s. Highs from Billings to the East will be into the teens and single digits with colder readings East of Billings.

    A period of strong winds will start Wednesday night heading into Thursday around Livingston extending out to Big Timber on I 90. Winds could gust to near 70 miles an hour Thursday afternoon. This could cause some areas of blowing snow and drifting early in the day. But as temperatures rise, the snow will crust over.

    The extended Outlook is mild and dry, with highs in the 30s and 40s and lows mainly in the 20s through the weekend.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Mostly cloudy with a chance of a shower or flurry. A high near 15.

    Wednesday night… A 30% chance of an evening snow shower, otherwise mostly cloudy. Temperatures will begin to rise overnight.

    Thursday… Mostly cloudy with some patchy blowing snow possible in the morning. A high near 44 with windy periods in the afternoon.

  • Click Here for 7 Day ForecastTuesday is nothing more than a break between showers. Keep that snow brush and shovel handy for Wednesday morning.

    Snow showers will taper off through Tuesday morning. After a short break this afternoon, another round of snow begins to move in areas to the South and West of Billings.

    Cold air remains across the region today, with the highs only into the teens in most locations.

    Pacific moisture will skim over the top of the cold air tonight, creating areas of snow showers by this evening and overnight. Areas West of a line from Roundup, Billings, extending Southeast toward Sheridan, Wyoming will be most affected.

    Expect to see 2 to 5 inches across the plains, and the West facing mountain foothills could see 4 to 6 inches of new powdery snow.

    Cold temperatures early Wednesday will be just above and below zero, and only the teens and single digits for the highs Wednesday.

    A quick warm-up is in store on Thursday and Friday, with highs moving up to the 40s. Wind gusts around Livingston and Big Timber could hit 70 mph Thursday night.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Mostly cloudy, with scattered light snow showers. About 15 for the highs with a light breeze.

    Tuesday night… Snow likely, especially during the evening. About 2 to 4 inches of accumulation. Otherwise, cloudy with a low near 2.

    Wednesday… Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high in the neighborhood of 14. A chance of some light snow, especially in the morning.

  • Click here for 7 Day ForecastAnother round of snow showers moves into the region this evening. Snow totals may not be as high as earlier forecast, but this quick moving system could be intense at times, with isolated areas of hazardous freezing rain possible.

    Afternoon temperatures will be generally cooler than yesterday. Up to 40 mph wind gusts will remain in the Livingston area, still boosting temperatures to around 40. Billings will likely be in the mid-20s, with only the teens in the Eastern plains.

    Expect a mix of clouds and sun today, with the chance of a scattered area snow shower.

    By this afternoon this evening quick moving snow showers will move into the foothills around Nye and Red Lodge, with a possible 2 to 4 inches of snow.

    By this evening, a quick 1 to 2 inches of snow could fall across the rest of the area, reducing visibility to less than a mile at times. Snowpack roads could develop quickly, and isolated areas of freezing rain can’t be ruled out.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Mostly cloudy with a chance of light afternoon snow showers. Around 26 for a high.

    Monday night… Snow showers with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation. Isolated areas of freezing rain are possible. A low near 13.

    Tuesday… Partly sunny and about 17 for a high. A chance of light morning snow showers.