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  • 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.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast A cold front moving through Thursday will create areas of wind, rain showers, and cooler temperatures than we enjoyed Wednesday. A couple of quiet days will follow, but the temperatures will vary greatly from one to the next.

    As an upper-level trough and associated cold front move across the area through the middle of the day, temperatures will peak early in the 50s to around 60°.

    Winds will be gusty at times through this afternoon and early this evening. Scattered rain showers will move along the and behind the cold front.

    After the front moves through this afternoon, both the wind and the chances of rain will decrease.

    Friday looks pleasant, with highs mainly in the 50s and mostly sunny.

    If you liked Wednesday, Saturday holds its own. Highs will return to the upper 60s and 70s with sunshine and just a few clouds.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Mostly cloudy with a high near 60. A chance of showers with periods of wind through the afternoon and evening at 15 to 25 mph.

    Thursday night… Becoming partly cloudy, with a low of about 33. Winds decrease through the evening.

    Friday… Mostly sunny, with a high around 56. West winds 5 to 15 mph.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastWarm springtime temperatures will highlight the weather Wednesday. By Saturday afternoon, we could be close to a record high.

    As a high-pressure ridge builds in today, expect a mix of clouds and sunshine. Highs in the 65 to 70° range can be expected around Billings to the West. It will be just a bit cooler to the East.

    Winds will increase around the Livingston and surrounding area this evening. Mostly cloudy overnight, with readings mainly in the upper 30s to 40s early Thursday.

    A low-pressure trough and associated cold front move in Thursday, the warmest temperatures will shift East of Billings. Depending on the timing of the front, Billings could be in the upper 50s to mid 60s for a high. Winds will increase to about 15 to 25 miles an hour across much of the area.

    After a cooler Friday with temperatures mainly in the 50s during the afternoon, Saturday’s temperatures will soar. Highs in the low 70s are on target. If Billings reaches 71, it will tie the record high set in 2004.

    Sunday will begin a transition into cooler temperatures for next week. By Monday and Tuesday, expect highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Southwest breeze 5 to 15 mph.

    Wednesday night… Mostly cloudy, and about 43 for the low. Light breeze.

    Thursday… Partly to mostly cloudy, with a chance of an afternoon shower. A high around 61.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastThe area will experience warmer temperatures over the course of the next several days, but there are some ups and downs. Showers and strong winds highlight Tuesday’s weather.

    The usual wind prone areas on I 90 from Livingston to Big Timber, and North to Harlowton and Judith Gap can expect strong winds this afternoon with gusts to around 50 miles an hour the mountain foothills.

    Otherwise, expect areas of rain showers as a lot of moisture streams in from the Pacific Northwest. Showers overall could move from West to East across the region through the day and into the evening.

    Afternoon readings will be mainly in the 50s, but will be as cool as the 30s Forsyth to the East.

    Overnight temperatures of be mainly in the 30s for a fairly mild start for tomorrow. Warmer air builds in on Wednesday, with a highs in the 60s and could reach 70 couple locations.

    Are high-pressure Ridge flattens out a bit on Thursday and Friday, but Saturday could be close to a record high temperature of 71° for Billings.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Cloudy to mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Light Southwest breeze. A high near 52.

    Tuesday night… Mostly cloudy with a chance of an evening rain showers. Mild, with a low of about 39.

    Wednesday… Partly sunny, with a high around 68.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastSnow showers are starting to move out of the area, but freezing drizzle could cause some slick conditions Friday. The overall trend is for a warmer and drier week ahead.

    Snow showers are starting to lift to the North and East away from Billings and the surrounding area. The chance of snow will decrease throughout the afternoon.

    However there is a shallow layer of colder air close to the surface thanks to the snow on the ground. With warmer air aloft, and a fair amount of instability, there is the possibility of freezing drizzle or freezing rain especially through Friday morning. This could develop into extremely slick conditions and hazardous travel in a short period of time.

    Be aware that conditions could change quickly.

    Highs will stay in the mid to lower 30s for Friday and Saturday, and warm to the low 40s on Sunday across much of the area. A disturbance brings a chance of the snow showers through again by Sunday evening but nothing significant.

    The overall trend is to push the temperatures upward. Highs could be in the upper 50s to low 60s by Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… A chance of snow showers, especially early in the day possibly mixed with some freezing drizzle. Otherwise cloudy to mostly cloudy, with a high of about 33.

    Friday night… Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of an evening shower. A low near 22.

    Saturday… Mostly to partly cloudy, and around 34 for a high.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastPeriods of snow will continue through Friday. Much of the heaviest snow and driving hazards will be especially Thursday morning.

    Periods of snow will continue over the next few days, with Billings in the order of 6 to 8 inches of total snowfall. With a fairly warm ground, much of it will melt rather quickly.

    Chilly temperatures for the next couple of days, with a highs mainly in the upper 20s to about 30°. Area lows will be mainly into the teens.

    Snow will taper off through Thursday afternoon, and then increase again Thursday night into Friday as another disturbance moves into the area.

    Many of the area roads become slick and snowpack with slushy conditions as temperatures warm in the afternoons.

    As snow showers and, highs will be mainly in the 30s through the weekend. The trend is toward warming temperatures they could reach the 50s by Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Temperatures hovering in the 20s throughout the day. Around 2 to 3 inches of inches of new snow through the day. Snow will decrease through the afternoon.

    Thursday night… Additional snowfall overnight with around 2 inches of accumulation. A low near 17.

    Friday… Light snow tapering off during the afternoon. Otherwise clouds decreasing through the afternoon. High of about 28.

  • Click Here for the 7 Day ForecastThere is a sharp contrast between much colder temperatures to the North, and the warmer temperatures through southern Montana and Northern Wyoming. Wherever that line sets up over the next few days has the best chance of snow.

    Depending on how this boundary line sets up, there will be some changes in the forecast. Keep checking back for updates!

    There’s a lot of uncertainty in the forecast because this line between the colder air dropping down from Canada, and the warmer air to the south of it will fluctuate. Temperatures look on track to be mainly the 40s all around our area Wednesday, but will see a bigger contrast in the readings for Thursday.

    For Wednesday, area rain and snow showers in a cloudy to mostly cloudy sky. Tonight, colder air starts to move in creating area snow showers. Much of the area will pick up 1 to 3 inches of snow overnight.

    For Thursday, temperatures just don’t warm with highs staying mainly in the 20s to low 30s around Billings. Areas North the Billings will stay colder, but South and West of Billings, including Red Lodge; Livingston; and Cody and Sheridan, Wyoming will still warm into the upper 30s to low 40s with less chance of rain and snow.

    The Billings area will likely see 4 to 8 inches of snow from Wednesday through Friday. Temperatures remain chilly, but with less chance of snow Friday afternoon through Saturday.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Generally mostly cloudy, with a chance of snow or rain showers. A high of about 48.

    Wednesday night… Cloudy with a chance of rain or snow showers in the evening, and then snow possible overnight. 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible. A low of about 26.

    Thursday… Temperatures will hover in the 20s to about 30° all day. Cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Around 2 inches of new accumulation.