BILLINGS — Flow from the northwest continues to pump moisture into the region that is mixing with the retreating cold air mass that has blanketed the area for the last week or so. This, combined with another quick disturbance from the north, will allow for snow showers this morning, but the precipitation will fade as the day progresses. Around half an inch of new snow possible.
High pressure moves in Thursday bringing drier conditions, but moisture injects into the region Thursday evening via southwest flow, so a chance for snow will increase for the western part of the state, especially in the mountains.
Downslope flow should bring a return to drier conditions Friday into the weekend. This will also help aid in warming temperatures up above freezing starting Friday. This would be the first time Billings will be at or above the freezing mark since February 5 when the high was 32°. This warming trend continues through the weekend and finally puts us back on track with seasonal afternoon highs by Monday.
Mid-level winds get stronger riding a shortwave trough on Friday producing gusts over the western foothills with the stronger winds in excess of 50 mph jetting through the Livingston to Nye area. This should ease up heading into Friday night. Unfortunately, we won’t be done with the wind.
High pressure to our southwest is projected to tighten toward the end of the weekend, so gusty winds return to the western foothills before moving into the Billings area Sunday into Monday.
Daytime highs will be in the 20s today and tomorrow then in the 30s on Friday through Sunday. Nighttime lows will be in the teens and 20s except for tonight when a quick cold blast puts lows down into the single digits.