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  • The overall trend through the long Memorial Day weekend is warmer. But a few disturbances will keep our eye on the afternoon sky.

    A week disturbance through Canada will continue to spin down enough instability to create scattered isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoons through at least Sunday. The potential for strong to severe storms is low.

    For Friday afternoon, there is a slightly better chance of precipitation on a line from Roundup; to Billings; to Sheridan, Wyoming extending to the West. It could be a bit breezy at times East of that line.

    Highs Friday will be mainly into the 60s, warming to the upper 60s and 70s on Saturday. By Sunday and Monday, highs will hit mainly the mid to lower 70s.

    Click for 7 Day ForecastOvernight temperatures will be in the 40s to low 50s.

    Heading into next week, the trend will be toward readings edging up into the 70s to low 80s by Wednesday.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Partly sunny with a high near 66. A 20% chance of an afternoon shower thunderstorm.

    Friday night… Partly cloudy, with a low near 45. A light breeze.

    Saturday… Partly sunny with a high near 73. A 20% chance of showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastExpect a couple of cool afternoons and then a progressive warm-up heading into next week. And we are not quite done with the wind yet.

    Behind Wednesday’s cold front, temperatures will only make it to the low 60s Thursday afternoon. With a mostly cloudy sky, and wind gusts to 40 mph, it could likely feel even cooler.

    Temperatures will edge up slightly on Friday, with lows in the low 40s and highs in the mid 60s.

    The warm-up continues through the weekend and into next week. Highs will be in the 70s through Tuesday, and are trending toward the 80s beyond.

    The sky will generally be mostly sunny from Saturday onward, well into our extended forecast. After today, the winds will generally be light.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. Westerly winds could gust to 40 mph. A slight chance of a shower.

    Thursday night… Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Winds decrease during the evening.

    Friday… Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers or thunderstorms after noon. About 66 for the warmest temperature.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastGusty winds will highlight Wednesday’s weather. A cold front punching through will create warm afternoon temperatures, with the risk of a quick moving shower or thunderstorm.

    Clouds will increase through the day, with the risk of showers or thunderstorms developing mainly Northeast of Billings during the afternoon and early evening. High temperatures will be mainly in the 70s, with some low 80s from Billings to the East.

    A cold front will move through the Billings area right around lunchtime Wednesday. Behind the front, Northwest winds could gust 40 to 50 mph.

    Winds may remain strong through the night and taper off during the day Thursday.

    Overnight readings will be mainly in the upper 30s and 40s. Highs on Thursday will be in the mid 60s, with a partly cloudy sky Wednesday night and Thursday.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Mostly sunny to start with increasing afternoon clouds. Winds will increase to 15 to 30 miles an hour during the afternoon with gusts to about 40 to 45 mph. A high of about 79. There is a slight risk of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm as a cold front moves through.

    Wednesday night… Partly cloudy, with a low of around 46. Wind gusts could reach as high as 40 to 45 miles an hour.

    Thursday… Partly sunny with a high near 65. Gusty Northwest winds will decrease through the day.

  • Click for 7 Da ForecastTemperatures take a bit of a roller coaster ride through the rest of the week. And there is some wind to talk about as well.

    Expect plenty of sunshine with an upper-level Ridge holding in across the region for today in this evening. Temperatures will be mainly into the 70s this afternoon, with the 60s in the higher elevations. Winds will be light.

    Overnight readings will be in the 40s to 50s, with Billings likely in the mid-50s early Wednesday.

    Wednesday will be the warm day the week, but will come with some strong wind gusts. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph will be punctuated with gusts to around 45 mph.

    Otherwise, Wednesday will be partly cloudy with area high temperatures well into the 70s to mid 80s. The warmest readings will be East of Billings.

    Temperatures drop quickly for Thursday and Friday, with highs in the mid to lower 60s. Periods of wind will continue Thursday.

    The current trend is to warm temperatures well back in the 70s by the weekend, with the outlook looking pretty good for outdoor activities on Memorial Day.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Sunny, with a high near 74. Light Southwest breeze.

    Tuesday night… Mostly clear, with a low of about 53.

    Wednesday… Mostly sunny, with a high approaching 80. Winds will be gusty, up to 45 mph. A chance of a shower thunderstorm for the afternoon.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastA warmer and somewhat drier weather pattern develops through the weekend.

    Extreme Southeast Montana, in areas around Sheridan, Wyoming could see some showers Friday. Otherwise expect a mix of clouds and sunshine, and a bit warmer temperatures.

    Highs Friday will be mainly in the mid-50s to low 60s, with a light Southeast breeze. Highs should stay in the 60s on Sunday and Monday, and overnight lows mainly in the 40s for the lower elevations.

    The next best chance of picking up some rain showers or isolated thunderstorms is on Monday.

    Current trends are for temperatures to warm well into the 70s by the middle of next week. We could be close to 80° on Wednesday in some locations.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Patchy morning fog. Otherwise, partly sunny. A high near 60. Southeast breeze 5 to 15 mph.

    Friday night… Partly cloudy, with a low near 39.

    Saturday… Partly to mostly sunny with a 20% chance of a shower thunderstorm in the afternoon. Around 66 for the high.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastWith our storm system sinking to the South, expect cool but drier day. Temperatures will begin to rebound over the weekend.

    Thursday afternoon looks mainly dry outside of the mountains and foothills as lower level dry air continues to work into the region. High temperatures will range between the mid-40s and the upper 50s, with the warmer readings North and East of Billings.

    The same upper low that brought the showers in the area will work into Southeast Montana Friday. That will bring a renewed chance of showers but precipitation looks to stay light.

    Readings will move into the 50s to low 60s on Friday, and well into the 60s on Saturday and Sunday. A few stray showers return of the area the first part of next week.

    Billings picked up just over an inch of precipitation at the airport from Wednesday’s storm system. Livingston set a new record at 2.4 inches of precipitation, easily eclipsing the 1978 record of 0.87 inches for May 17.

    The snowfall and rain across the mountains and foothills contained about 2 to 3.5 inches of water in the past 24 hours. As it melts through Thursday and Friday, it will work its way into the small streams and creeks, causing significant rises.

    Expect some minor flooding especially into the mountain foothills Thursday and Friday. Flood Advisories are in effect for the affected areas.

    Most larger rivers have plenty of room to absorb the runoff. But if you live, work, or recreate around waterways, be mindful of rising levels.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday…The chance of rain will decrease throughout the day. Clouds will also decrease. About 54 for a high. Light NE wind.

    Thursday night…Mostly cloudy with a low of about 38.

    Friday…Partly sunny, and in the neighborhood of 61 for the warmest reading. Light breeze.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Cool, with the potential for some pretty high rain totals Wednesday through Thursday. For the mountains, wet heavy snow will really pile up.

    Rainfall will spread across the area today, especially West of a line from around Harlowton, to Roundup, extending south to Billings, and continuing down toward Sheridan Wyoming.

    Rainfall totals of around an inch will be widespread, with some areas receiving 2 inches of total rainfall. With the potential of strong downpours, a report or two could hit 2 to 3 inches.

    Above 7000 feet, snowfall totals of 12 to 18 inches are expected. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for these areas, with hazardous travel likely, with possible power outages and broken tree limbs. The chilly wet weather will put a stress on young livestock.

    For areas East of Billings, the chance of rain as lower. Expect a mix of clouds and sun and a few showers. Winds could be strong in these areas with up to 40 mph wind gusts.

    The chance of rain will decrease Thursday. However, unsettled weather will continue to bring a chance of showers often on through the weekend.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Showers, with the possibility of an isolated afternoon thunderstorm. Around 53 for the high.

    Wednesday night… Showers continue, with a low dropping to near 41.

    Thursday… A chance of showers especially in the morning. Likely mostly cloudy by the afternoon. About 53 for the high.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastCooler and wetter weather is on the way for midweek.

    Tuesday will act as a transition day, as clouds and showers will increase by later in the day. High temperatures will be mainly in the 60s today, with clouds increasing from West to East across the area.

    By this afternoon this evening, the chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms will start to move off the mountain foothills. As the winds start to shift to the East, the chance of rain and mountain snow will increase overnight.

    Wednesday will be much cooler. Temperatures will start off in the 30s and 40s across much of the area, but only reach the 40s into the foothills, to maybe around 60° East of Billings.

    The wetter weather will be to the West and South of Billings through northern Wyoming. It will be drier and somewhat warmer to the North and East of Billings, but winds will be gusty at times in these areas.

    Heavy snow will create typical driving conditions in some areas around the mountains, with 12 to 8 inches of wet heavy snow possible especially on the northeast facing slopes of the mountains.

    The wet and cool conditions may threaten young livestock. Localized power outages are possible.

    With creeks and streams already running high, additional precipitation could produce some minor flooding. Larger rivers will see rises but not likely letting conditions.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Mostly sunny to start with increasing afternoon clouds. A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Around 67 for the high.

    Tonight… Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. A low near 47. Light East breeze.

    Wednesday… Rain showers. A high of about 51.

  • The overall trend will be toward cooler and wetter weather toward the middle of the week. In the short-term, watch for afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms.

    Clouds will increase throughout the day Monday, with the highs mainly in the mid-60s. Temperatures will trend warmer East of Billings, and cooler in the mountain foothills.

    This afternoon, expect some showers and thunderstorms to develop as a weak cold front moves across the region. There is a chance of some stronger storms that could produce gusty winds and some small hail East of Billings and southeastern Montana.

    Tuesday will have another chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, but will be less widespread. Temperatures Tuesday will remain mainly in the 60s.

    Expect rain chances to increase for the rest of the week, with high elevation snowfall expected.

    Areas on a line from around roundup to Broadus to the East will pick up significantly lower rain totals. Some indications are we could have up to 18 inches of new wet and heavy mountain snow in some locations by this weekend.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. A light North breeze.

    Monday night… A 40% chance of evening and overnight showers. Otherwise, mostly cloudy with a low of around 43.

    Tuesday… Partly sunny with an increasing chance of afternoon and evening showers or a thunderstorm. About 65 for a high.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastFriday will be the warmest day that we will see for quite a while. Get ready for wet and cooler weather next week.

    Temperatures will climb up into the 80s today with plenty of sunshine during the day and a light breeze. If Billings hits our predicted high of 86, it would be the warmest day so far in 2017.

    Some scattered thunderstorms are possible moving off the mountains this afternoon, but not likely reaching Billings. The biggest threat could be some strong gusty winds.

    A cold front will move through this evening, shifting winds to the Northwest. Temperatures will run about 20° cooler for Saturday afternoon. Areas East of Billings will be warmer.

    Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will develop during the afternoon and evening from Billings to the West. The chance of storms with damaging wind and hail are low.

    Highs in the 60s can be expected Saturday through Monday. We may stay in the 50s by midweek with an increasing chance of rain showers.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest breeze 5 to 15 miles an hour.

    Friday night… Partly cloudy, with a low of around the one.

    Saturday… Partly sunny early, and about 64 for the high. A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.