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Q2 Weather: Gusty winds are blowing in a few clouds and warmer temperatures to Billings

Posted at 4:03 PM, Jan 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-03 18:18:19-05

BILLINGS- We have just a few sun breaks poking through the cloud cover in Billings Thursday afternoon. Otherwise, it is just another windy and warmer day.

The temps have already warmed into the mid-to-upper 30s across south-central Montana, including Billings.

We actually see a few 40s and 50s across the Hi-Line, Thursday afternoon, as well.

But the big story again Thursday is the strong gusty winds on the eastern slopes of the Continental Divide. Once again we are seeing winds gusting from 45 to 50 mph.

Because of this, we have a Wind Advisory for the Beartooth foothills until noon Friday. We also have a High Wind Warning from Big Timber to Harlowton for 60 mile-per-hour winds.

In north-central Montana, the High Wind Warning is for 60 mile-per-hour winds until 5 p.m. Friday, plus up to 100 mile-per-hour winds in Glacier National Park.

There is also a Winter Weather Advisory for northwest Montana until 11 a.m. Friday. We could see one to four inches of snow on top of glazed icy roadways.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows the snow is already starting to make its way into the northwest corner the state while mostly cloudy skies exist elsewhere.

The High-Resolution forecast model shows cloudy skies will continue in central Montana throughout the rest of the day with more snow developing in the northwest by 7 p.m.

On Friday, we expect to see a few clouds lingering in the central part of the state but by that afternoon, even Billings will see mostly sunny skies and less wind.

Those sunny skies will extend over into Saturday morning with more clouds moving in for later in the day and on Sunday.

Temperatures will roll back into the mid-30s later Thursday evening and then jump back up into the 40s by Friday afternoon.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, breezy and mild. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 31 degrees.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny, breezy and a little warmer. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. High 42 degrees.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny, not as windy and not as warm. High 39 degrees.