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Q2 Weather: Winds to kick in again tonight in Billings with new cold front

Posted at 3:31 PM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 17:31:47-05

BILLINGS- The wind has relaxed and so has the temperature, but at least the sky is still partly cloudy in Billings on Thursday.

The early afternoon temperatures in south-central Montana are in the low to mid-40s.

Plus the winds have dropped back to under 10 mph until you get to Livingston where we have a wind gust of 26 mph.

A new Wind Advisory goes into effect for the Beartooth foothills until 8 a.m. Friday.

Along Interstate 90, we could see 55 to 60 mph crosswinds, making driving hazardous for high profile vehicles.

A little farther north, on the front range the Rockies and into the snowy mountains, we have High Wind Warnings and High Wind Watches for winds gusting to 60 and 70 mph.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows mostly cloudy skies rolling in from the west and a few instability showers north of Great Falls up to Havre.

That’s being caused by this warm front that’s sweeping through the area. A new cold front will follow that warm front overnight and into Friday morning.

This cold front will produce snow in the mountains; rain on the plains near Miles City and strong, gusty winds with the passage of the cold front elsewhere.

Eventually, that cold front too will kick out of the region and we will be left with mostly sunny skies on Saturday and Sunday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, mild and not as windy. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 36 degrees.

FRIDAY: Decreasing clouds with a 30 percent chance for rain and snow in the morning and getting windy again. West winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph in the afternoon. High 46 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and not as warm. West winds 10 to 20 mph. 40 degrees.