BILLINGS — Strong winds once again highlight the weather.
An upper-level Ridge will build across the region Friday, translating to dry conditions for the lower elevations in just a few mountain showers. With a mix of clouds and sun highs will be mainly in the 30s to around 40.
Friday night into Saturday it disturbance moving across Canada will strengthen the winds. Wind gusts of 60+ miles per hour possible Friday night through early Saturday from Livingston to Nye and northward starting Saturday to Big Timber, Harlowton and Judith Gap.
Winds will become stronger across the plains including Billings on Saturday, but taper off in the evening. By Sunday, another disturbance again increases the winds and pushes them across the Eastern plains.
High temperatures will stay mainly in the 40s on Saturday, but upper 40s to low 50s by Sunday afternoon.
The winds reduce early next week, with some scattered rain and snow showers possible Monday and Tuesday. At this point, any chance for a White Christmas for the lower elevations is pinned on a chance of snow Tuesday.
Friday… Mostly sunny with a high near 40. West breeze 5 to 15 mph.
Friday night… Clouds increase in the low slips to about 29. Winds pick up from the Southwest 15 to 25 mph.
Saturday… Decreasing clouds with sunshine in the afternoon. A high close to 45. Gusty winds in the afternoon could reach 40+ mph.