From The StormTracker Weather Center

Jan 24, 2013 6:58 AM by Ed McIntosh Q2 Weather Center

Q2 Weather: Strong gusts ahead

As expected, the wind will be a big player in Thursday's weather. Gusts in the mountain foothills could reach 60 mph, but the entire area has the potential of 45 mph wind gusts through the afternoon and evening. Steady winds around Billings will be 15-35 mph.

The Pacific system that is bringing the wind is also brining the potential for a brief morning shower. Some areas may see light freezing rain, so use caution if travelling. Clouds will decrease into the afternoon, and temperatures could be the warmest of the week. Highs will be mainly in the 40s, and a low 50 here or there isn't out of the question.

Winds will decrease, especially after dark. Friday morning lows will be mainly in the 20s, and Friday stays breezy. With a mostly sunny afternoon, it should be pleasant with highs in the mid-to-lower 40s across the area.

Billings Forecast:

Today: A slight chance of rain or freezing rain before noon. Snow level 4200 feet lowering to 3500 feet. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 20 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. West southwest wind 20 to 35 mph decreasing to 15 to 25 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. West southwest wind around 10 mph.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

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