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  • Click for 7 Day Forecast A warm but breezy day for Friday. Then everything starts to change overnight.

    Temperatures will stay above average today, hitting peaks in the upper 40s to mid-50s. The winds will be strong in the mountain foothills and blow about 15 to 25 mph around the Billings area.

    The sky will be partly to mostly sunny regionwide, with lighter winds East of Billings.

    Clouds increase Friday evening, with a cold front moving through overnight. Expect 4 to 6 inches of snow in the mountain foothills, with a trace to up to 3 inches in the plains through Saturday.

    Saturday will be noticeably colder, with afternoon highs dropping about 20° to mainly the 30s. Expect the cloudy to mostly cloudy day with the best chance of snow showers early.

    The sun reappears on Sunday but stays cool. Readings will nudge back up into the upper 30s to 40s Monday Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Temperatures will turn colder at the end of the week just in time for Christmas travel. How cold and the potential for snow are still unknown.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Mostly sunny with a high near 53. Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph.

    Friday night… Mostly cloudy with rain and snow after midnight. Light accumulations in the morning.

    Saturday… Cloudy with snow showers in the morning, and a chance of rain and snow in the afternoon. Light snow accumulations.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast After record warm temperatures Tuesday, Wednesday marks the beginning of changes in our weather pattern.

    Highs will still be above seasonal averages Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the 40s in most locations. It will be breezy, but not as windy, as Tuesday.

    Snow is likely in Southwest Montana Wednesday around Bozeman and Butte. This system will increase the chance of rain and snow showers west of Billings.

    Wind increase Wednesday night, with snow showers popping up east of Billings through Southeast Montana through Thursday morning.

    As for Billings and the immediate surrounding area, the chance of rain and snow increases Friday night through Saturday morning.

    Highs will stay mainly in the 40s until the middle of next week.

    There are signals of much colder and wetter weather closer to Christmas, but details are still unclear.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday…Increasing clouds, with a high near 47. Westerly wind 10-20 mph.

    Wednesday night…Low of about 31 and mostly cloudy. A slight chance of a rain or snow shower. Winds increase to 15-25 mph.

    Thursday…Sunny to mostly sunny, and around 46 for a high. Breezy.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Tuesday promises to be windy, warm, and dry.

    Our strong will high-pressure ridge across the Western US gets squashed a little Tuesday as a cold front starts to move in from Canada. The effect will be a warm-up, with wind and near record high temperatures.

    Afternoon highs will be mainly in the 50s and could hit some low 60s in Southeast Montana and around Sheridan, Wyoming.

    If Billings reaches 57 at the airport, we tie the December 12, 1988, record.

    Along with the warm in the sunshine comes wind. Gusts around Billings will be up to 40 mph, with the Livingston area seeing potential gusts of 70 mph.

    With low humidity plus the wind and warm temperatures, fire risk will be elevated across the region.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Sunny, with a high near 56. Westerly wind 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

    Tuesday night… Clouds during the evening, gradually clearing overnight. West winds 15 to 25 mph. An overnight low of about 35.

    Wednesday… Mostly sunny, with a high around 49. Westerly wind 10 to 20 mph.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Warm and dry weather continues, with even some wildfire weather concerns.

    Above normal temperatures continue this week, with periods of low relative humidity and of gusty winds. This will increase the risk of wildfires above what we would normally see this time of the year.

    Expect Monday to be sunny to mostly sunny, with periods of wind increasing this afternoon this evening from Billings to the West. Afternoon high temperatures will be mainly in the 40s with a few low 50s.

    Tuesday likely will be the warmest day of the week, with highs in the mid to lower 50s. If Billings hits 57, it will tie the December 12, 1988 record high temperature.

    Readings will stay mainly in the 40s and low 50s for the rest of the work week. The next chance of showers will be Friday night with some higher elevation snow more likely.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

    Monday night… Clear, with a low of about 33. Southwest wind 10 to 25 mph.

    Tuesday… Sunny with a high around 55. Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast The weekend will be highlighted by warm but windy weather.

    For Friday, the strongest winds will be in the Big Timber and Harlowton areas. Expect gusts in these areas in excess of 50 mph. This will affect travel on I 90 and Highway 191.

    Through the weekend, expect wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles an hour in areas from Billings to the West, with lighter winds to the East.

    Temperatures will remain above average for today, with readings mainly in the mid 40s to mid 50s. Generally sunny to mostly sunny each day through at least Sunday.

    Overnight temperatures will be mainly into the 20s to low 30s.

    Dry conditions and warmer than average temperatures will continue until at least the middle of next week.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Sunny, with a high near 53. Southwest 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

    Friday night… Mostly clear with a low around 32. Southwest winds 15 to 30 mph.

    Saturday… More sun and more wind. About 52 for the high with a Southwest wind continuing at 15 to 25 mph.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Temperatures move a notch up Thursday and continue to climb on Friday. And more wind.

    As a high-pressure Ridge builds into the region, temperatures will climb mainly into the 40s for the lower elevations Thursday afternoon. Expect decreasing clouds, but wind gusts could reach to around 40 mph from Livingston to Billings.

    Areas East of Billings also remain breezy today.

    Generally, dry conditions dig in heading into the weekend, as the temperatures nudge upward.

    Highs on Friday will be mainly in the upper 40s to mid-50s and could stay in the low 50s and Billings through Sunday. Breezy conditions will continue to pop up from time to time.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Decreasing clouds, with a high near 47. West winds 15 to 25 mph increase in the afternoon with gusts to around 40 mph.

    Thursday night… Partly cloudy with a low of about 33. Wind gusts could be as highs 45 mph during the evening.

    Friday… Sunny to mostly sunny, with a high around 54. Gusts again could reach 40 mph from the West.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast The wind has not gone away yet, but warmer temperatures are beginning to arrive this week.

    As a ridge of high pressure builds across the Western US, it will bring warming temperatures in the next few days but keep conditions breezy Wednesday and Thursday.

    Wednesday’s highs will be mainly in the 30s, with a mix of clouds and sun. Gusty winds and light snow in extreme Eastern Montana will create some travel hazards through the afternoon.

    Billings will end up in the mid to upper 30s Wednesday, with a West wind of about 15 – 25 mph.

    Overnight readings will slip to the teens and 20s, and mostly cloudy. Breezy conditions remain from Harlowton to Livingston.

    A bump in the temperatures Thursday pushes highs mainly in the 40s. A weak disturbance coming across the area could produce a few clouds or isolated flurries with breezy to windy conditions remaining.

    Highs will move mainly into the upper 40s to mid-50s on Friday and Saturday remaining generally dry. The breeze remains.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Mostly sunny with a high near 37. West 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

    Wednesday night… Partly to mostly cloudy, with a low of about 25. West wind 10 to 20 mph.

    Thursday… Partly sunny and warmer. A high around 48. West 15 to 30 mph with gusts possible to 40 mph.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Some slick spots early Monday thanks to Sunday night’s snow in the surrounding area. Otherwise, expect a chilly start to the week with wind and warming temperatures to follow.

    While Billings didn’t see much precipitation out of the weekend weather system, surrounding areas were more impacted. Mountain foothills around Red Lodge averaged 2 to 6 inches, with additional accumulations in the Bighorn Mountains of northern Wyoming, and the Bull Mountains north of Billings.

    Slick roads and sidewalks, especially on bridges and overpasses, could be hazardous through midday Monday.

    Monday will be the cool day the week, with high temperatures in the 20s to mid-30s. Expect a mix of clouds and sun for this afternoon, with a West to Northwest wind.

    Mostly cloudy overnight, with temperatures in the teens to upper 20s early Tuesday.

    Tuesday and Wednesday will trend a little warmer, with highs in the mid-30s to low 40s. Breezy conditions will continue off and on.

    Temperatures by Thursday and Friday could start to hit mid-40s to mid-50s, with the dry week ahead. Periods of wind will continue off and on through the week.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. West winds 10 to 20 mph.

    Monday night… Mostly cloudy with a low around 27. West breeze 5 to 15 mph.

    Tuesday… Mostly cloudy but warmer. A high of about 42. West wind 15 to 25 mph.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast There are a few pleasant weather days ahead of us. But a transition to cooler and wetter weather arrives before the end of the weekend.

    Overall, Thursday and Friday are quiet weather days with temperatures running a little warmer than late November averages. There will still be some wind in the mountain foothills, but nothing to compare with strong wind gusts from Wednesday.

    Expect to sunny to mostly sunny day with highs mainly in the mid to upper 40s. Clouds increase this evening with the disturbance moving across the region.

    A chance of some overnight snow showers for the mountains, otherwise cloudy to mostly cloudy with temperatures dropping to the 20s to low 30s.

    Decreasing clouds Friday, with highs in the 40s to low 50s. Winds remain breezy from Billings to the West Thursday and Friday.

    Saturday will likely be the warmest day in the short-term with highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s.

    A trough of low pressure moves across the region Saturday night into Sunday, creating mountain snow and a rain/snow mix for the lower elevations.

    Temperatures will start to trail downward, with highs in the 30s to low 40s early next week. There is a chance of scattered rain and snow showers.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

    Thursday night… Mostly cloudy with a low of around 32. Westerly wind 5 to 15 mph.

    Friday… Decreasing clouds and mostly sunny in the afternoon. About 50 for a high.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Strong winds will highlight Wednesday’s weather.

    A cold front moving across the area Wednesday will bring mountain snow showers and a rain-snow mix to the lower elevations through the morning.

    Very gusty westerly winds will increase through the morning through the afternoon. Wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph are possible over much of the area, decreasing during the evening.

    The strongest winds will be in the mountain foothills West of Billings, and also Southeast Montana and north-central Wyoming. High Wind Warnings are scheduled to be in effect for these areas until 8 PM Wednesday.

    Temperatures will be mainly into the 40s Wednesday and drop to the 20s overnight. Clouds will decrease throughout the day.

    A quieter weather picture for Thursday and Friday, with a mix of clouds and sun and highs mainly in the 40s to around 50. Overnight temperatures will stay in the upper 20s to low 30s.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… A chance of morning showers with decreasing afternoon clouds. A high near 48. Very gusty winds from midday through the afternoon at 15 to 35 mph. Gusts could reach as high as 50 mph.

    Wednesday night… Mostly clear, with a low around 27.

    Thursday… Sunny to mostly sunny with a high of about 47.