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  • Click for 7 Day ForecastThe good news: warmer weekend temperatures. The bad news: they come with wind.

    The overall trend heading into the weekend is dry and gradually warming. Winds will increase down the East mountain slopes even during the day, with wind gusts around Livingston and Nye hitting over 50 mph Friday night through Saturday.

    Billings will be breezy, with sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph likely on Saturday and Sunday.

    High temperatures will be mainly into the upper teens to 20s today, but trending a little colder East of Billings towards the Dakotas. Expect sunshine mix with just a little high cloudiness.

    Overnight readings won’t be as cold with most reading stay in the single digits above zero early Saturday.

    Highs will be mainly in the mid to lower 30s for the lower elevations on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

    Some high elevation snow is likely, with areas like Cooke City receiving several inches of new snow. Otherwise, conditions look will drive through the weekend and well through next week.

    Overall, expect below average temperatures and a break from new snow fall through next week.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Sunny to mostly sunny with a high near 22. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

    Friday night… Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph causing some patchy blowing snow. Otherwise, mostly clear with a low around 9.

    Saturday… Partly sunny and breezy. Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph. A high of about 33.

  • Click for 7 day ForecastTemperatures remain on the cool side, with a weak cold front not helping matters out.

    Afternoon high temperatures will be mainly in the teens with a few low 20s across southern Montana northern Wyoming today. That is still running about 20 to 25° colder than average highs this time of year.

    And increasing clouds as possible this afternoon, as a cold front moves across the region. This will likely create some higher elevation snow showers.

    Overnight temperatures once again slip to the single digits and teens below zero by early Friday.

    Overall, temperatures will be a few degrees warmer on Friday with readings in the mid teens to mid 20s. Expect a bit more sunshine Friday, but winds will increase around Livingston and Nye by the evening.

    The trend will be warmer toward the weekend with highs in the upper 20s to low 30s. But periods of wind will continue from Billings to the West.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Increasing clouds with a high near 20. Wind chill values as low as -25. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

    Thursday night… Mostly cloudy with a low of about -4. Wind chill values as low as -20.

    Friday… Mostly sunny with a high around 24. Still some cold morning wind chills.

  • It gets a little warmer, but it doesn’t get warm. And it is a slow process.

    In the short term, bundle up Wednesday for cold wind chills despite some sunshine.

    Temperatures over the next few days will slow edge upward, but only by a few degrees each day.

    Highs will be mainly low teens in the lower elevations Wednesday, mainly upper teens on Thursday, with a few more 20s by Friday afternoon.

    Lows will still slip below zero through Friday morning.

    The mountains and possibly the neighboring foothills will pick up a little snow form a series of disturbances. For the lower elevations, those disturbances will mean breezy periods and clouds and come and go.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday…Mostly sunny with a high of about 17. Southerly wind 5-15 mph.

    Wednesday night…Mostly clear, and near -2 for the low.

    Thursday…Mostly sunny and around 20 for the high. Morning wind chill around -15.

  • Record cold temperatures and dangerous wind chill values start our Tuesday. We have no place to go but up.

    The early Tuesday cold has closed area schools and made spending time in the open outdoors dangerous. With sunshine for the afternoon, temperatures will recover only to the single digits above and below zero.

    Scattered snow develops in the mountains late Tuesday through Wednesday morning, and maybe a few valleys.

    This increase chance of snow means more clouds to insulate the area. Along with a bit more mountain wind, temperatures will not be as cold Wednesday morning, but will still drop below zero.

    A generally dry forecast for the lower elevations remains through the end of the week. Expect subzero temperatures in the morning through at least Friday, with afternoon highs edging toward the 20s by the weekend.

    An average low this time of the year is in the teens/low 20s. An average high is in the upper 30s/low 40s.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday…Mainly sunny and cold. A high near 6. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

    Tuesday night…Mostly clear and cold. Low about -9 and wind chill values as low as -30.

    Wednesday…Mostly sunny and cold. Around 14 for the high, but wind chills as low as -25.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastThe weekend starts with the wind, and ends with cold and snow.

    Winds will be strong down the mountain slopes again Friday, with Livingston and Nye see wind gusts to around 60 miles an hour. Strong winds will affect travel from Big Timber to Harlowton.

    Billings will be breezy, with areas of patchy blowing snow possible from Billings to the West through the day on Friday.

    As a disturbance moves through the area later today, the winds will subside but the chance of snow goes up. Where the bull’s-eye will end up for some of the heavier snow remains in question, 1 to 3 inches of snow seems reasonable across much of the area.

    Snow will decrease Saturday morning, and then pick up again with higher snow totals Saturday night lingering through Monday morning. Areas in the Beartooth, Absaroka, and Crazy mountains could pick up 1 to 2 feet of new snow.

    Friday will be the warmest day overall with readings in the mid-20s to mid 30s. That’s still cooler than seasonal averages.

    Saturday will cool a bit with more readings in the 20s to low 30s area

    Highs by Sunday will be mainly in the teens, with only the single digits for the warmest readings on Monday. By Tuesday morning, lows will drop to the teens below zero and could be close to some record cold temperatures.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday: Areas of blowing snow through the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Wind chill values as low as -10. West southwest wind 15 to 25 mph.

    Tonight: Snow likely, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. West southwest wind 10 to 20 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    Saturday: A 60 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

  • Click for 7 day forecast The good news is the gusty winds will ease up. The bad news is the wind leaves just before more snow and rain and cold temperatures show up.

    For the morning, our focus will be on gusty winds especially into the bear tooth mountain foothills. Gusts have been recorded at over 70 mph around Livingston overnight.

    Areas from Roundup, Billings, to the West will remain breezy to downright windy through the morning.

    A cold front will sweep across the area this afternoon, bringing a chance of rain and snow during the afternoon and evening hours. An isolated area of freezing rain is a possibility.

    After hitting highs in the 30s to low 40s Wednesday, temperatures will quickly drop overnight. Rain showers will switch to snow.

    Overall snow totals looked to be in about the 1 to 3 inch range for most of the area through early Thursday. Higher amounts are possible in the Red Lodge foothills, where snow could linger a bit longer.

    For Thursday, temperatures will likely be warmest in the morning, and then slip into the single digits above and below zero by Thursday evening.

    Billings forecast:

    Valentines Day: Increasing clouds with a west wind 15 to 25 mph early. A high near 40. West wind 15 to 25 mph. Then, a 60% chance of rain switching to snow later.

    Wedensday night: 60% chance of rain and snow during the evening, becoming all snow after 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 12. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

    Thursday: Snow likely, mainly in the morning. Gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 12, but that will happen early in the day. Wind chill values as low as zero. North wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Some relief from the cold Tuesday and Wednesday, but there is wind to deal with.

    Despite a chilly morning, Tuesday afternoon highs are destined for the upper 20s and 30s with lots of sun.

    But winds will be gusty.

    The Livingston/Nye area will experience 60 to 70 mph gusts, and Big Timber to Harlowton can expect up to 55 mph top winds. Billings will see 15 to 25 mph sustained winds, with gusts to 40 mph possible.

    The wind will be lighter east of Yellowstone County.

    Periods of wind continue overnight with Wednesday morning readings in the teens and 20s.

    Despite increasing clouds, highs on Wednesday will top off in the 30s to low 40s. Snow and colder temperatures return Wednesday night through Thursday.

    Billings forecast:

    Today: Sunny, with a high near 35. Wind chill values as low as -10. Southwest wind around 15 to 25 mph.

    Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 26. West southwest wind 15 to 25 mph.

    Wednesday: A 30% chance of rain and light snow later in the day. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. West wind 15 to 25 mph.

  • Click for 7 day Forecast Ups and downs ahead in the weather once again early this week.

    Snow totals are fairly light Monday morning. Even still, areas of drifting and snow covering icy patches will still affect travel. Reduce speed and leave yourself room between vehicles.

    As the system slides south this afternoon, expect nothing more than a flurry and a sky that will begin to clear. Temperatures Monday afternoon will stay in the single digits.

    Temperatures will be cold overnight with most readings sliding below zero. The coldest readings will be in the river valleys, with wind chill values at -20 or colder early Tuesday.

    As westerly winds increase Tuesday, temperatures leap to the mid-20s to mid-30s Tuesday afternoon with plenty of sun.

    Another round of snow and colder air arrive by late Wednesday.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday…Cloudy with morning snow. Then gradually clearing this afternoon. Cold with a high near 4.

    Monday night…Mostly clear with a temperature of about -5 for a low. Wind chill values around -20. Southwest winds increase overnight.

    Tuesday…Sunny and about 35. Cold morning wind chill values.

  • Click for 7 day Forecast As the snow makes its way out, the cold makes its way in.

    While the chance of snow starting to decrease, bursts of snowfall will reduce visibility at times. Another one to 3 inches of snow are possible from Billings and Hardin toward the Red Lodge area.

    The surrounding area will receive likely 2 inches or less.

    Cold air will move into the region, holding temperatures to the single digits for this afternoon. By tonight, temperatures will drop mainly to the teens below zero additional wind chill values.

    The sun breaks through on Saturday, but temperatures will struggle only to the teens for most of the highs.

    Another round of snow will move in late Sunday into Monday.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday: Around another 2 inches of snow, mainly in the morning, then a chance of snow showers for Friday afternoon. High near 5. Wind chill values as low as -15. Light easterly wind.

    Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around -10. Wind chill values as low as -30. Southerly breeze.

    Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 19. Wind chill values as low as -30. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

  • Click for 7 day Forecast There are still lots of weather hazards to talk about, but what kind of hazard changes a couple of times a day.

    Hazard 1: Winds will increase in the Livingston/Nye/Big Timber areas with gusts over 60 mph Wednesday through Thursday. The Harlowton area could experience gusts to 55 mph, and Billings may see an occasional gust to 40 mph.

    Hazard 2: Freezing rain is possible Wednesday evening through early Thursday over much of the area. This will be limited, but could make things very slippery very quickly, and limited visibility with freezing on windshields.

    Hazard 3: Snow will return. A cold front will move across the area during the day Thursday, with accumulating snow. Much of the area is on track for another 5-8 inches on top of what is already in place.

    Areas east of Billings seem to be in the best target area for accumulation.

    Otherwise, expect a milder day Wednesday despite cloudiness. Highs will range from the teens in Northeast Montana, 20s in Southeast Montana, 30s around Billings, and low 40s in the mountain foothills.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday: Cloudy with isolated afternoon rain or snow showers. A high near 38. West wind 10 to 20 mph with occasional gusts.

    Tonight: A 30% chance of light snow and freezing rain. Cloudy, with a low around 25. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

    Thursday: Around 3 inches of new snow. High near 32 early with temperatures dropping in the afternoon. Northerly wind around 10 mph.