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Impacts from cold and snow to start this weekend in Billings

Posted at 12:10 PM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:50:04-04

BILLINGS – A return to cold and snow will come quickly and harshly this weekend.

Saturday will peak with highs in the 20s to low 30s. But clouds will increase, and a rush of cold air and snow showers will follow Saturday night and Sunday.  Gusts of 55-65 mph around Livingston will impact travel Saturday night and Sunday.

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will be cold with single digit highs and subzero overnights.  Limit your time outdoors, and dress for the weather.

By Monday morning, expect reduced visibility, cold temperatures, and blowing snow. Delay travel plans if you can.

Snow is very likely.  Higher accumulations are expected north of Billings, near Roundup and Harlowton. The Beartooth/Absaroka Mountains will see 1 to 3 feet of new snow by midweek making travel on some routes very difficult to impossible.

Snow totals for the lower elevations will become clearer as the system approaches.  But expect snow to affect travel, especially west of a line from Forsyth extending south toward Sheridan, Wyoming with snow totals of 6 inches or more through Tuesday.  This includes Billings and Yellowstone County.

Past Tuesday, scattered snow will persist with colder than average temperatures continuing through at least next weekend.