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Q2 Billings Area Weather: Light snow, warmer a while, then winter

Cold and snow arrive midweek
7 DAY FORECAST FRIDAY EVENING JAN 29, 2021
Posted at 4:38 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 19:05:45-05

BILLINGS — Light snow Friday night through Saturday is just a preview of what is to come.

A wave moving across the mountains west of Billings will bring a chance of snow across the eastern plains overnight Friday through early Saturday. Most places will receive less than an inch with isolated areas of freezing rain possible east of Billings.

A few slick spots are possible overnight through Saturday morning but conditions improve in the afternoon as the sky clears. Temperatures early Saturday will be mainly in the 20s, and warming to the mid-30s to mid 40s Saturday afternoon.

As a high-pressure ridge builds in, winds will increase in the Livingston/Nye area Sunday as temperatures warm to the 40s with afternoon sun. Monday and Tuesday will be the warmest days for a while with readings in the upper 40s to low 50s reachable both afternoons.

Tuesday night through Wednesday, big changes arrive as a strong cold front will bring a chance of snow and colder temperatures. While details will become clearer in the next few days, expect accumulating snow Tuesday night through Wednesday and perhaps another round of snow by Friday.

Temperatures will drop to the teens for the lows and the highs in the 20s to low 30s from midweek through at least next weekend.

Billings forecast:

Friday night… Cloudy with a chance of evening rain showers and light snow likely overnight. Low near 28.

Saturday… A chance of light morning snow showers and clearing in the afternoon. A high close to 44 with a Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday night/Sunday… Mostly clear with a low near 25 and a high of about 47.