BILLINGS — Good morning!
After starting the week off with rain and snow, we now move into a dry stretch over the next few days.
The big weather story through Wednesday will be the wind. High Winds will jet through the state along with northern Wyoming with the strongest winds gusting between 65-75 mph along the western foothills by this afternoon and lasting through Wednesday morning. Gusts up to 50 mph or more are anticipated for north central Montana down to northern Wyoming including Powell to Cody. This should stay west of Billings although we won’t be unaffected. Gusts up to 40 mph will blow through the Magic City into eastern Montana this afternoon through Wednesday morning before easing up in the afternoon.
Late this week, low pressure sliding to the south will tag-team with cold air from Canada. This will be the driving force that will produce snow showers late Thursday into Saturday. By Friday morning, snow showers will be kicking up in western Montana and northwest Wyoming which then will move into south central to southeast Montana by Friday evening and linger into Saturday. At this point, better coverage seems likely across much of Wyoming by Saturday. Jury is still out on how much accumulation this system could produce, but up to 1" could fall in Billings, 1.5” in west central MT, half an inch in eastern MT, 2” in northwestern WY, and 1.5” in northern WY around Big Horn. Keep in mind that these amounts can and will mostly likely change.
High pressure moves in briefly on Sunday to dry things up before another system approaches from the west early next week that could bring more snow to the area.
Temperatures will stay above average through Thursday before that colder air moves in from up north Friday through Saturday. Highs won't get above freezing across the weekend with nighttime lows possibly dipping down into the single digits. The colder air looks to concentrate more on western Montana and northwest Wyoming.