Q2 Weather: Travel concerns increase overnight

Posted at 5:38 AM, Nov 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-23 07:42:47-05

BILLINGS- Travel impacts in parts of the area Friday through Saturday.

For Friday, some light snow is being produced over the higher terrain. While a shower is possible in the plains, wind is drying the air enough to keep the chances low.

Winds will be gusty, especially around Livingston.

A stronger system arrives overnight Friday through Saturday bringing snow to the mountains and rain and snow to the lower elevations. Travel on I-90 both west toward Bozeman and south toward Sheridan, Wyoming could be difficult.

Several inches of snow are expected in the Red Lodge foothills, near the Pryors, and around the Bighorn ranges.  Higher elevations could receive 8 to 12 inches affecting backcountry outings.

Around Billings, most of the snow estimates are running less than 2 inches, but up to 3 is mathematically possible.  East of Billings, any accumulation looks to be light.

While the best snow making weather winds down during the day on Saturday, a shower or areas with melting and refreezing through early Sunday are concerns.