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Q2 Bilings Area Weather: Suddenly temperatures in the 30s are a heat wave

7 DAY FORECAST THURSDAY EVENING FEB 18, 2021
Posted at 4:30 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 19:20:01-05

BILLINGS — Our long-awaited upturn in the temperatures is finally blowing in.

A combination of stronger winds down the mountain slopes and a high-pressure ridge building in from the west combine to warm temperatures through early next week. High temperatures will peak Monday in the 40s to possibly some low 50s.

Winds increase around the Livingston/Nye area Thursday night with gusts to 60 mph expected. By Friday, Big Timber and Harlowton could experience gusts of 45 to 55 mph.

Blowing snow where the stronger winds occur could affect travel with poor visibility and drifting. As the snow becomes crusted over, conditions will improve.

Temperatures drop to the single digits and teens early Friday, then hit highs in the 30s to around 40 Friday afternoon. High temperatures level off through Sunday, but it will not be as cold in the morning with readings into the teens to low 20s.

Dry and breezy conditions continue through Monday. Tuesdays still mild, but expect isolated rain/snow showers late Tuesday as temperatures drop back to the 30s for the rest of the work week.

Billings forecast:

Thursday night… Increasing clouds with a low near 12.

Friday and Saturday… More clouds in the morning with more sun in the afternoon both days. Highs will be in the mid to upper 30s. Breezy periods are expected.