Q2 Weather: Windy to the west but warming all around

Posted at 5:49 AM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 07:54:02-05

BILLINGS – Parts of the area will continue to be windy, but at least the temperatures are warming.

Strong wind gusts will continue especially in the mountain foothills around Livingston, Nye, Big Timber and Harlowton for the next several days. Sustained winds of 20 to 40 mph and wind gusts to 55 mph are likely in these areas.

Breezy to windy conditions will also continue around the Billings, Roundup, Bridger, Joliet and Columbus. Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph with 40 mph gusts in these areas will be common.

Temperatures will begin to warm. Afternoon highs Wednesday will be close to seasonal averages, mainly in the 30s across Eastern Montana northern Wyoming. Cold air in the Big Horn Basin of northern Wyoming is following the river valleys and could hold back temperatures in the low-lying areas.

Expect partly to mostly clear skies for the next several days with a gradual warm-up. Overnight readings will be mainly in the 20s, and high temperatures will move to the upper 30s and 40s on Thursday with more widespread 40s Friday afternoon.