BILLINGS — After a rather chilly start, temperatures will push back into the 20s again this afternoon. Even warmer on Friday as we finally break the freezing threshold with highs in the mid to upper 30s. Those temperatures will hold through the weekend before cracking the 40s early next week. Overnight lows will rise back into the teens tonight, 20s for the weekend, and 30s to start next week.
Looking at drier conditions today as high pressure takes over briefly, but another system moving in from the west will push snow showers across the Idaho Panhandle later this afternoon then into west and southwestern Montana and northwest Wyoming by tomorrow morning. The chance for snow will linger through Saturday morning.
Leeside troughing will produce gap flow winds tonight through Friday night. Gusts could hit 60+ mph from Livingston to Nye and 50+ mph along Highway 191 from Big Timber to Harlowton. It will be much calmer on Saturday before winds pick up again Sunday night through Monday night with even stronger gusts in excess of 65 mph possible for the areas mentioned above. Blowing snow will be possible, but the warmer temperatures could help limit that. Billings will also feel gusts of 35+ mph during that same period.