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Q2 Weather: It's going to start feeling like fall Sunday

Plus wind, rain and snow next week
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Posted at 3:27 PM, Oct 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 18:30:11-04

BILLINGS — Full Forecast

Saturday afternoon:

Watches and warnings across the board.

Red Flag Fire Warnings for most of Montana and parts of Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota in effect until 8 p.m.

High temps, low humidity, winds around 20 mph and gusting up to 40 mph, especially around the higher elevations.

Wind Advisory in parts of western Montana and eastern Idaho until 8 p.m. Winds could be gusting up to 50 mph as a cold front moves in.

Winter Weather Advisory for now in effect for Montana/Idaho border near Missoula. Two to four inches of snow are expected above 5,000 feet.

And in Wyoming, especially around Yellowstone National Park and Cody, look for rain changing to snow tonight. Could see 1 to 5 inches in the mountains around 6,000 feet and even more snow expected above 9,000 feet. Possibly 4 to 8 inches.

Beartooth Pass is closed on the Wyoming side. Montana side will be closed at 7 a.m. Sunday. Reopens again in May.

Be careful on the roads, especially around the mountains. Also, please be careful out in the back country between the fire and snow warnings.

Saturday night:

Front moves into the region tonight from the west with strong gusting winds between 40-55 mph.

This will be pushing that smoke and haze that has been here for a while out of the area.

There may be some rain with this system moving in, but very little measurable precipitation in the foothills and low-lying areas.

But, areas above 6,000 feet could see 1 to 5 inches of snow and even more accumulation the higher you go.

Sunday:

High Wind Warning will be in effect for much of the region till 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Gusts from 40-50 mph, with some areas around Big Timber seeing possible 60 mph gusts.

15 – 20 degree drop in temps. Temps will be in the mid to high 50’s for much of the region.

Monday – Saturday:

Cooler week ahead, with more chances of precipitation Monday - Thursday. Rain in the low-lying areas and potentially more snow in the higher elevations. Temps in the high 50’s and low 60’s.

It is really going to feel like fall from here on out.