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Q2 Weather: More talk about wind, but the temperatures are mild

Posted at 4:53 AM, Jan 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-03 07:54:23-05

BILLINGS – For most of the area, a fairly quiet weather pattern. For areas close to the mountains west of Billings we have some serious wind to talk about.

Wind gusts of 50 to 65 mph in the Livingston, Nye, and Big Timber areas north to around Harlowton are possible through Friday morning. There is still some potential for blowing and drifting snow, but warming temperatures are helping to put a crust on the snow.

Otherwise, the area will be in a stretch of mild weather. High temperatures will be 35 to 45 over the next several days.

For Thursday and Friday, places like Billings, Columbus, Bridger, Joliet and Roundup will still be breezy with a southwest wind 15 to 25 mph.

Some cold air trapped into the Bighorn Basin of northern Wyoming could follow the Yellowstone River Valley and hold back our warm up in Billings.

Other than snow favoring the west facing mountain slopes in areas like Cooke City, expect a dry forecast heading into next week with above average temperatures.

For the lower elevations, highs will stay mainly 35 to 45 and overnight temperatures will be mild in the 20s to low 30s.