Q2 Weather: Pleasant temps east of the divide, scattered moisture in the region around the holiday

Posted at 5:00 PM, Dec 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-23 19:00:03-05

We have seen temperatures perk up east of the divide here on Sunday to go along with a wind shift that has left thing somewhat blustery and out of the southwest. It has formed a pattern that we are quite familiar with in the last couple of weeks here.

There is another shift on the horizon that will bring us some slightly more unsettled conditions for Christmas and later in the week.

Monday will be one of the warmer days of the week as the current regime holds. Afternoon high temperatures will be again right around the 40 degree mark. Winds should be a bit less blustery but still notable.

Things cool down to around seasonal averages for the rest of the week and there is scattered chances for some precipitation on Christmas day and and the following couple of days.

However there is not enough deep forcing to produce any type of organized snow showers. Higher elevations will see snow, but downsloping winds will limit the ability of the moisture to push out into the eastern part of the state.

We could see some flurries here in Billings but most of the activity will remain to our southwest as a low pressure system pulls south in the four-corner states by the middle portion of the week.