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  • The weather will be a little bit different each day through early next week.

    Overall, Friday is fairly quiet with a mix of clouds and sunshine and temperatures mainly in the upper 50s to mid 60s for highs. A weather system to our South will keep a few clouds around, especially from Billings to the East and South.

    Winds remain light this evening, with overnight temperatures dropping mainly to the 30s. Partly clear to clear early Saturday.

    Saturday shaping up to be a warm day ahead of a cold front. Highs will be mainly in the upper 60s to mid 70s.

    Expect gusty winds for a few hours Saturday evening as a cold front moves through.

    High temperatures will be mainly in the upper 50s to low 60s Sunday with a mix of clouds and sun.

    The next weather system moves through Monday, bringing rain and mountain snow. It is a fairly fast-moving system but could still leave a quarter to a half an inch of precipitation.

    The system is not very cold, but it could generate enough snow for Billings to break the seasonal snowfall record. Any snow accumulation outside of the higher elevations would be difficult.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Mostly sunny with a high near 63. North breeze 5 to 10 mph.

    Friday night… Mostly clear with a low around 37. Light wind.

    Saturday… Sunny with a high of about 71. Westerly breeze 5 to 10 mph.

  • Here’s a general breakdown of the area weather moving ahead:

    Thursday and Friday… Afternoon high temperatures mainly in the upper 50s to mid 60s, and overnight temperatures mainly in the mid to upper 30s. Expect more clouds on Thursday, and more sunshine on Friday.

    Saturday… The warmest day we will see for now, with highs likely making 70 to 75. Sunny during the day, but behind an approaching cold front isolated showers could develop during the evening.

    Sunday… A mix of clouds and sun with a highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. Lows remain in the mid to upper 30s.

    Monday through Tuesday… A chance of showers develops by late Sunday evening through Monday. The timing of the system will keep it mainly as rain, but there could be a little snow in the mix Monday night through Tuesday morning.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Mostly cloudy with a high near 61. Light easterly breeze 5 to 15 mph.

    Thursday night… Mostly cloudy with a low around 37. East breeze continues.

    Friday… Mostly sunny with a high near 62.

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    With Tuesday’s weather system pushing into the central plains, we are left with just a few showers in extreme Eastern Montana. Otherwise, Wednesday will be a dry and mainly sunny day with light winds and highs mainly in the mid to lower 50s.

    As a ridge of high pressure brings warming and drying conditions, Thursday’s highs will move into the 50s to low 60s.

    There is a disturbance south of our region which will build in a few clouds for Thursday and Friday. This could develop into a few scattered to isolated rain showers South and East of Billings.

    Saturday looks to be the warmest day with highs in the 60s to low 70s lots of sunshine. Otherwise, expect this mix of clouds and sun and temperatures in the 50s to low 60s to continue through early next week.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Mainly sunny, with a high near 56. A light West wind shifts to the East in the afternoon.

    Wednesday night… Partly cloudy with a low near 34.

    Thursday… About 60 for a high and mostly sunny to partly sunny.

  • Rain, snow and wind for Tuesday. Then a break.

    A slow moving weather system will bring rain and wet snow, nudging gradually to the east throughout Tuesday. Gusty northwest winds will linger through the afternoon.

    The heaviest snowfall will be in the Pryor and Bighorn Mountains, and in the Cody foothills of Northern Wyoming. Poor visibility is a concern along I-90 from Lame Deer to Sheridan, Wyoming.

    Temperatures will peak in the 40s to low 50s Tuesday. Some clearing is expected through the afternoon and evening from west to east.

    Overnight temperatures slip mainly to the 20s and low 30s with a mostly cloudy sky.

    Mostly sunny Wednesday, with highs in the 50s. Generally dry with isolated showers for the rest of the week.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday…Rain showers could have a little snow mixed in for the morning. Otherwise a high near 51, with a northwest wind 15 to 25 mph.

    Tuesday night…Isolated evening showers, otherwise mostly cloudy and around 51 for the low.

    Wednesday…Mostly sunny with a high of about 56.

  • Monday could be the warmest day so far in 2018, and certainly the warmest day for the rest of the week.

    Ahead of a cold front, widespread afternoon readings will jump to the 60s and 70s in Southern Montana and Northern Wyoming. Expect the 40s in Eastern Montana and North Dakota.

    It is possible that Sheridan, Wyoming could hit the upper 70s to low 80s. The April 16 reccord high at the Sheridan airport is 82.

    As a cold front approaches, clouds and wind will increase this afternoon, followed by rain and possible thunderstorms this evening. Wind gusts could hit 40 to 45 mph.

    Rain and snow showers develop tonight, with some light accumulations possible in Big Horn County, Montana (Hardin) and Sheridan County, Wyoming (Sheridan) by Tuesday morning.

    Cooler temperatures will follow, with highs mainly mid-to-lower 50s the rest of the work week, and lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday….Mostly sunny with a high near 73. Winds increase in the afternoon.

    Monday night…Mostly cloudy with rain showers likely by late evening. Northerly winds increase with gusts to 45 mph. Low of about 37.

    Tuesday…A chance of rain or rain/snow showers early. Mostly cloudy with a high around 52. A chance of morning rain or snow showers with a westerly wind 15 to 25 mph.

  • A more spring-like weather pattern is starting to evolve this weekend.

    For the Billings area, and areas to the west, the “winter storm that never was” will continue to pump out some showers and just enough snow to be annoying Friday.

    Areas north of Billings and across the eastern plains of Montana picked up the brunt of the system. Light snow showers will continue to fade to the east throughout the day.

    Friday afternoon high temperatures will be mainly in the 30s to low 40s Friday, with decreasing showers and decreasing clouds through the evening.

    Overnight readings will slip mainly to the 20s, with continued clearing. That will produce areas of Saturday morning fog.

    Temperatures will warm through the weekend, reaching the 50s for much of the area on Saturday; 55 to 65 on Sunday; and 60s to around 70 Monday.

    Showers, wind, and cooler temperatures take over Monday night through Tuesday.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday…Area rain and snow showers decreasing through the morning and early afternoon. High near 41. NW wind 10-20 mph.

    Friday night…Gradual clearing with areas of fog developing. Low of about 27.

    Saturday…Morning fog, then partly cloudy. Around 53 for the high.

  • A strong storm system starts to affect the area Thursday.

    The weather system we’ve been tracking the last several days is taken a slight turn to the North. This will bring the greatest impacts of accumulating snow in areas North of Billings and to the East.

    More the precipitation from Billings to the South will fall as rain with the best chance of snow remaining Thursday night through Friday morning.

    Expect rain showers or a rain snow mix throughout the day with highs in the 30s to low 40s. Warmer temperatures in the 50s through northern Wyoming could even initiate an afternoon thunderstorm.

    Precipitation will change to all snow this evening and overnight. That is when the highest snow accumulations will occur.

    Expect dangerous travel with slushy roads and blowing snow.

    The wet heavy snow will also weigh on trees and power lines with potential power outages. Cold, wet and windy conditions will be hard on young livestock. Be careful not to over exert shoveling heavy snow.

    Areas from Harlowton to Roundup extending all away to the North Dakota line are now under Winter Storm Warnings. Accumulations in these areas could reach 5 to 8 inches with blowing and drifting snow.

    The mountains of south-central Montana extending into the Cody foothills are also under Winter Storm Warnings. The higher elevations could reach 6 to 12 inches, with up to 18 inches possible in a few locations.

    The rest of the region, including Yellowstone County and Billings, are under winter weather advisories. Snow totals in these areas tonight through tomorrow will be in the 3 to 6 inch range.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Rain and snow with a high near 41. Northerly breeze 5 to 15 mph.

    Thursday night… Rain/snow mix becomes all snow late in the evening. Expect 2 to 4 inches of accumulation. Overnight low near 29.

    Friday… Snow likely in the morning, with a chance of rain in the afternoon. Otherwise turning mostly cloudy with a high of about 39.

  • Still focusing on rain and snow Thursday and Friday.

    The biggest weather impacts are still on track to hit us Thursday night through Friday. Areas of wet, heavy snow and strong winds will cause blowing and drifting snow. Conditions could become dangerous for anyone traveling Thursday night with low visibility and slushy roadways.

    The cold wet snow will also be hard on young livestock.

    Ahead of the storm system for Wednesday, temperatures will be close to seasonal highs reaching the 50s for many locations. Expect more clouds than Tuesday, with showers in the morning; warmer in quieter conditions for the afternoon; and then rain by the evening.

    Mountains will start to receive snow tonight, with rain switching to snow during the day across the plains tomorrow. Lows will be mainly in the 30s with afternoon highs on Thursday mainly in the 40s.

    Snow totals East of Billings could be fairly high, with some areas receiving 8 to 12 inches of snow. Billings will receive the bulk of the snow Thursday night, with 3 to 6 inches possible. Additional accumulations could happen Thursday evening and Friday morning pushing snow totals as high as 5 to 10 inches.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Morning showers, gradually becoming partly to mostly sunny. A high near 58. Northwest wind increasing in the afternoon 15 to 25 mph.

    Wednesday night… Mostly cloudy with a chance of evening rain showers with rain and snow likely overnight. A low of about 36.

    Thursday… Mainly rain showers or a rain snow mix during the day. A high near 41. Rain will switch to snow during the afternoon and evening.

  • Heads up: The snow is not done yet.

    Thursday is really shaping up to be a wet day. A fairly dynamic system will push a fair amount of moisture to the area, likely resulting in an inch or more of precipitation east of Billings.

    There will be rain switching to snow. The mountains could get 4 to 8 inches of new accumulation.

    However, the timing and details are still being fine tuned. Watch for updates on when this system will arrive, leave, and how much rain and snow it will leave in-between.

    In the short term, expect a mild and dry Tuesday. Highs will be in the 50s to low 60s with increasing afternoon clouds.

    Scattered showers will spread from west to east across the area this evening. Low will drop to the upper 20s to mid 30s.

    Wednesday will trend a little cooler with most of the high temperatures in the 50s. It will be a little windier.

    By Wednesday evening, our focus will change to the incoming rain and snow.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday…Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

    Tuesday night…A chance of late evening showers, switching to a chance of rain/snow overnight. Low of about 40.

    Wednesday…A chance of rain/snow in the morning, and partly cloudy in the afternoon. High around 56. Wind increasing 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon.

  • Click for 7 day forecast The week starts with a break the cold and rain and snow. But it does not end that way.

    Warmer temperatures and more settled weather will start the work week, with temperatures Monday mainly in the upper 40s to mid 50s. By Tuesday, highs will move into the upper 50s to mid 60s with a few locations in northern Wyoming potentially reaching the upper 60s.

    Expect some breezy periods Monday especially from Livingston toward Billings.

    The weather is showing signs of turning colder and wetter later in the week. The best chance of getting rain and snow accumulation at this point appears to be from Billings to the East starting Wednesday night through Thursday.

    Temperatures will trend cooler by the end of the week, slipping back to the 40s for the highs by Thursday and Friday.

    There are still a lot of variables in the weather pattern by the end of the week. Keep watching for updates on the forecast.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Isolated morning showers and patchy fog. Then mostly sunny in the afternoon with a high near 53. Winds increase from the West 25 to 15 mph.

    Monday night… Partly cloudy with a low of about 32.

    Tuesday… Mostly sunny and around 62 for the high temperature.