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Q2 Weather: Unsettled Friday, but warmer and quiet ahead

Snow, wind, and a mix of temperatures Friday
Posted at 5:59 AM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 08:21:39-05

BILLINGS — Snow, wind and a mix of temperatures highlight the start of the weekend.

Temperatures will vary quite a bit Friday based on elevation and location. The higher elevations, and to the south of Billings, will be warmer. Cold air is trapped in the lower elevations with more coming from the north.

A cold front will bring light snow, reaching Billings through the late morning through early afternoon.

Strong winds could accompany the front, hitting gusts of 40+ mph. Strong winds are expected in southeast Montana and the Dakotas.

Cold overnight with single digit lows and partly to mostly clear.

Saturday stays chilly with more teens and 20s for highs from Billings westward, and single digits in the eastern plains. With warmer air moving in to the east later in the day a few flurries are possible.

It turns warmer Sunday and stays that way next week.

Billings forecast:

Friday... A mix of clouds and sun with light midday snow. Winds 10 to 20 mph shift from the southwest to northwest as a cold front moves through. High of about 26.

Friday night... Partly cloudy with a low near 6.

Saturday... Mostly to partly sunny with a high close to 24.