BILLINGS — Strong winds of the mountain foothills will come and go in an otherwise mild start to the new year.
A disturbance moving across the region Thursday will bring a chance of a few snow showers to the mountains, and a quick flurry wouldn’t be out of the question for the lower elevations. By midafternoon, skies begin to clear with a breezy and mild afternoon.
High temperatures on Thursday and New Year’s Day be mainly in the mid to lower 40s with some cooler readings in the Big Horn basin of northern Wyoming. Overnight temperatures will be mild, in the upper teens to upper 20s.
Another disturbance moves across the region Friday, so breezy periods will continue especially in the mountain foothills. With a lack of moisture, the chance of showers looks low.
Gusty winds will continue through the weekend with well above average temperatures. Highs by Sunday will be close to 50° in several locations including around Billings. Dry conditions continue with only a few mountain showers favoring the West facing slopes.
Thursday… Decreasing clouds with a high near 45. Westerly wind 10 to 20 mph.
Thursday night… Partly cloudy with a low near 27.
New Year’s Day… Sunny to mostly sunny with a high around 44. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph with occasional gusts.