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Q2 Billings Area Weather: The weekend looks more like spring

Posted at 5:18 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 08:07:46-04

BILLINGS — Everything comes together to boost temperatures a bit Friday, but that includes some wind.

A clear sky with a bit of high pressure mixing warmer air aloft down to the surface combines with downsloping winds off the mountain foothills to boost temperatures to mainly the 50s Friday. Those are typical readings for mid-April.

Winds of 15 to 25 mph from around Yellowstone (Billings) and Big Horn (Hardin) counties to the west are expected, with stronger winds closer to the mountains. Gusts of 35+ mph are expected.

A cold front Saturday shifts temperatures down to the 40s to low 50s Saturday afternoon. Light rain and snow showers push across the area close to the front from Saturday afternoon through early Sunday.

Higher terrain will see snow accumulating snow, especially Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday morning.

Next week will warm to the 60s and probably low 70s by Tuesday.

Billings forecast:

Friday… Manly sunny with a high of about 58. Westerly wind 15 to 25 mph could gust at times.

Friday night… Mostly clear and slipping to around 33 for the low. Winds decrease.

Saturday… Increasing clouds with a chance of afternoon and evening showers. High near 50.