Jan 1, 2013 7:12 AM by Rob Griggs- Q2 Weather Center
BILLINGS - In meteorological terms, one might say that 2012 finished off with a thud. For many locations, including Billings, 2012 was the warmest year on record. Average temps were warmer than the previous record year of 1981. 2012 was also the driest year on record for Billings with only 7.13 inches of precipitation, beating the previous record of 7.9 inches back in 1948. And now for some good news: National Weather Service forecasters are calling for a colder and wetter than average ‘first quarter' of 2013! But that apparently doesn't kick in until at least next week. In the meantime, a series of disturbances will bring gusty winds and snow showers to portions of eastern Montana today. Most of the flurries will taper off by this evening, leaving the plains with some occasionally gusty winds into Wednesday. High pressure rebuilds over the area promising a bit more sunshine through the rest of the work week. Daytime highs will be at or slightly above average for this time of year.
The Billings area forecast today: Partly sunny with a 70% chance of snow this afternoon. An inch or less is expected. Gusty southwest winds at times and a high of 31 / Tonight: Clearing skies and breezy, and a low of 15. Wind chills overnight may drop to as cold as 5-below / Wednesday: Mostly sunny, west winds and 32.
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