Q2 Weather: Change finally breaks up our stable pattern over the next few days

Posted at 5:07 AM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 07:07:00-05

BILLINGS – After very steady conditions underneath a well-established high-pressure area for the last few days we are finally set to see some changes blow through.

And I do mean that literally. High winds will be a factor the next couple of days, especially in the foothills regions in the area from Livingston all the way to Billings.

High temperatures this afternoon could get up into the lower 40s, but those winds will make it feel a bit cooler.

Clouds will obscure the sky today, which will definitely be a change from the sunny skies that dominated last week.

The clouds are caused by moisture running out in front of an incoming system which will impact the western part of the state today and pass quickly overnight heading into Tuesday.

This system could bring some light snowfall, especially to higher elevations, but there is a chance we see some flurries overnight here in Billings as well. Snow will be limited to areas west of a Sheridan to Billings line, with northeastern areas seeing partly cloudy skies and cool temperatures.

This system moves quickly and leaves partly cloudy skies for Tuesday. Not much cooling is expected in the wake of the frontal passage and forecast highs for Tuesday jump back up to the low 40s.

Another quick hitting system is on the doorstep Tuesday night into Wednesday, which will follow a very similar path to its predecessor. Chance of some snow in the mountain regions and western half of the state and increased wind in the foothill regions.