From The StormTracker Weather Center

Feb 14, 2013 7:18 AM by Ed McIntosh Q2 Weather Center

Q2 Weather: Snow causing some travel concerns

While periods of gusty winds remain in areas east of Billings for this morning, bands of heavier snow are the bigger concern from Billings to the west. Winter Weather Advisories are in affect for the Beartooth/Absaroka and Big Horn Mountains and foothill areas. An additional 3 to 5 inches of snow could fall in these areas. Severe driving conditions were being reported early in the Red Lodge area of Carbon County with snowcover, blowing, drifting and reduced visibility.

For the lower elevations, the best snow making potential extends from Livingston to Billings, where some light accumulations are possible. Another ripple moves through the area later today for areas of snow showers.

Highs will be mainly in the upper 20s to mid 30s, and overnight lows in the teens and 20s. Friday, a building high pressure ridge will bring a return to warmer and drier weather through Saturday.

Billings Forecast:

Today: Snow showers likely before noon, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. West wind 5 to 10 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 40. West wind 5 to 15 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. West southwest wind 15 to 25 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. West southwest wind 15 to 25 mph.


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