Q2 Weather: More wind and more warm, but changes loom

Posted at 5:07 AM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 07:50:45-05

BILLINGS – The week starts off generally warm and windy, but changes could be on the way before Christmas.

Strong winds will again develop on the western foothills, especially Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday. Gusts at Livingston may reach 70 mph affecting travel on I-90.

Winds will be especially gusty on Wednesday across the entire area behind a cold front. This will keep grass fire concerns high.

In the short term, expect a mix of clouds and sun and temperatures 45 to 55 degrees for highs Monday. A Pacific shortwave could bring some snow for a rain/snow mix to the mountains late Monday.

For Tuesday, the mountains could easily pick up 48 inches in the higher peaks, with a chance of brief light rain showers in the lower elevations, including Billings.

We will likely see another period of wind around Friday with a cool down over the weekend. This change in the pattern is still very uncertain, so check for updates if you have travel plans close to the holiday.