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  • 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.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Quiet weather for Tuesday. But our next round of rain/snow and wind is set to arrive by early Wednesday.

    Overall, pleasant weather for Tuesday with temperatures topping out in the 40s. Most readings will be warmer than the 30-year average.

    A combination of sunshine and generally light winds will make conditions more pleasant.

    40 mph winds will kick up around Livingston throughout the day, and continue to blow tonight in tomorrow.

    As a weather disturbance moves through the area overnight, scattered rain and snow showers will develop. Winds will become widespread tomorrow with gusts of 40 to 50 mph for Wednesday.

    Temperatures remain consistently in the 40s to low 50s for the highs, and 20s to low 30s for the lows right through the weekend.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Sunny with a high near 48. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

    Tuesday night… Increasing clouds with a low of around 34. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

    Wednesday… A slight chance of morning showers, otherwise decreasing afternoon clouds. Winds will be gusty at times up to 45 mph. A high of about 47.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Strong wind gusts and a chance of rain highlight Monday’s weather. And, temperatures won’t be as warm this week.

    A cold front moving through the area Monday morning will produce morning rain showers from Billings to the South, and snow in the mountains. High temperatures will be mainly in the upper 40s to mid 50s.

    The chance of rain tapers off in the afternoon, but wind gusts of 30 to 50 mph are possible across much of the area through early evening.

    Clouds will decrease throughout the day, leaving much of the area mostly sunny by the afternoon.

    Tuesday will start cooler, with lows mainly in the 20s. Afternoon highs will be in the 40s to low 50s, with plenty of sunshine. Expect some breezy periods Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Wednesday brings another chance of gusty winds and more scattered showers with high still in the 40s to about 50.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… A chance of morning showers, then decreasing clouds in the afternoon. A high near 50. Westerly winds increase 15 to 25 mph.

    Monday night… Mostly clear, with a low of about 29. West wind 10 to 20 mph.

    Tuesday… Sunny, with a high around 48. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast The Thanksgiving record-setting temperatures are gone. Rain and mountain snow shows are quickly exiting. What is left is a pretty comfortable weekend.

    A much quieter weather days in store Friday. Showers are exiting the region through the morning. Winds will remain breezy, but nothing like the gusts of recent days.

    With a sunny to mostly sunny afternoon, high temperatures will be cooler, mainly in the upper 40s to mid 50s. That is still about 5 to 15° warmer than seasonal averages.

    Overnight readings will be cooler, dropping mainly to the 20s to low 30s. Mostly clear after dark.

    For Saturday, sunny to mostly sunny with highs back into the upper 40s and 50s.

    Sunday warms again, with highs hitting the upper 50s to mid 60s. That puts us in the neighborhood of a few record highs.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind 10 to 25 mph.

    Friday night… Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Light westerly wind.

    Saturday… Sunny and back to about 54 for the high temperature. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.