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Q2 Billings Area Forecast: One more warm day before...the change

Winter arrives later in the week
Posted at 4:31 PM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 19:20:05-05

BILLINGS — One more day of warm and dry with a couple of rounds of cold and snow to follow.

After a mild overnight with lows in the 20s to mid 30s, temperatures will soar Tuesday to the 50s and low 60s. The record high at the Billings airport for Feb. 2 is 61 degrees, and that could be threatened.

Winds will be strong around the Livingston/Nye/Big Timber area through Wednesday morning. Gusts are possible Tuesday night through Wednesday morning of 45 to 55 mph.

Early Wednesday, a cold front punches through the area bringing a good chance of snow from around Forsyth to the west, including Billings. Temperatures will drop quickly with highs mainly in the 30s to around 40 Wednesday afternoon.

The mountains could receive up to a foot of new snow with 3 to 6 inches in the mountain foothills. Expect lighter amounts in the plains, decreasing as you move away from the mountains.

A second cold front pushes even colder air and additional snow into the area Thursday night through Friday. Winds will also increase, causing some blowing, drifting and poor visibility Friday and Friday night.

The coldest temperatures will happen Saturday through Sunday morning. Expect single digits above and below zero early in the morning with highs only in the teens and single digits Saturday afternoon.

Billings forecast:

Monday night… Partly cloudy with a low of about 34. South breeze 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday… Mostly sunny with a high close to 60. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Tuesday night through Wednesday. Increasing clouds with an increasing chance of showers by Wednesday morning. Light snow likely with a high near 39.