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Q2 Weather: The winds are blowing in warmer weather

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BILLINGS - Aside from the winds, it’s a rather quiet Wednesday afternoon here in Billings.

The only problem is, as we say, those winds out of the northwest at 22 mph gusting to about 33 mph, which is shaving the temps down to 25 degrees at  2 p.m. with the wind chill factor.

We still have a northwest flow of air coming out of Canada today.

That’s why we still have a few clouds and why most of the moisture is toward the Dakotas.

The Doppler radar shows a few snow flurries popping up around the Black Hills, where the moisture is getting a little extra lift helping to enhance the snowfall development there.

Originally we had a Winter Weather Advisory for the southeast corner of Montana, for blowing and drifting snow, that has since been lifted.

So here’s the story today: high pressure to the west pushing eastward and high pressure to the east pushing westward.

The two systems have set up a battleground across Eastern Montana.

It looks like the two high pressure cells will eventually win out and bring mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures to Montana.

A minor shortwave weather disturbance is sweeping across Eastern Montana overnight Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

This could produce some snow showers from the Beartooth Mountains through the Bighorn Mountains and into the southeast corner of Montana and northeast Wyoming.

Those snow showers should be gone by Thursday afternoon.

After that we see a huge upper level high pressure ridge settling into most of the west that should bring sunny skies and warmer temperatures for the next several days.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and cold. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 24 degrees.

Thursday: Decreasing clouds windy and warmer. West winds 15 to 30 mph gusting to 40 mph in the afternoon. High 45 degrees.

Friday: Mostly sunny, windy and much warmer. West winds 15 to 25 mph. High 54 degrees.

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