BILLINGS- We may have a few clouds in Billings Thursday, but the big story is the wind.
The winds may not be hollering at us at 43 mph like Wednesday, but they are still gusting about 30 mph, so it’s not quite as strong.
In fact, the entire eastern slopes the divide is experiencing strong gusty winds that range anywhere from 30 mph at Cut Bank all the way down to Livingston and 49 mph.
In fact, we still have a High Wind Warning for the Beartooth foothills until 5 a.m. Saturday. There the winds could be gusting 60 to 75 mph.
It is still little breezy on the front range the Rockies. We have a High Wind Warning until 5 p.m. Thursday for winds gusting to 85 mph in that area.
High pressure continues to build in from the southwest Thursday, and it’s keeping the snow jammed up in the northwestern and north-central part of the state.
Thehigh-resolution forecast model shows the high-pressure cell in the southwest will go as far as to redirect that snow storm and push it back into Canada.
This leaves Billings and the rest of eastern Montana with partly cloudy skies, windy conditions and mild temperatures.
The next cold front to sweep across the state will move in on Friday night in western Montana and push to the Billings area a little after 3 or 4 a.m. Saturday.
After that, the cold front kicks clean out of the area and we begin the warm back up into the 50s for the weekend.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, breezy and cool. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 29 degrees.
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, breezy and warmer. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. High 49 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny, not as windy and warmer. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 50 degrees.