BILLINGS — We can officially call it winter, but wind continues to be the big weather word.
A warm front moving to the area Monday will bring rain and snow showers through the morning, and strong winds in the mountain foothills. Gusts could reach 40 to 60 mph in the Livingston/Nye area.
Monday’s highs will be mainly in the 40s with overnight temperature stay mild into the 30s and much of the area. Expect some clearing during the afternoon and evening hours, the clouds redevelop Tuesday.
A cold front will move through Billings midday Tuesday, with temperatures warmest during the morning and early afternoon. By later in the day, temperatures will begin to drop with scattered area rain and snow showers. Accumulation should be light.
Strong winds with gusts of 30 to 50 mph will develop along in behind the front with areas of blowing snow creating reduced visibility and slick roads.
Wednesday will be cooler behind the front, but with clearing. Highs will be mainly in the 30s. Warmer and drier conditions will continue through Christmas Day.
Monday… Morning rain and snow showers with clouds. Gradually becoming mostly sunny with a high around 47. Variable winds 5 to 15 mph.
Monday night… Partly to mostly clear with a low near 38. Temperatures will begin to warm after midnight.
Tuesday… Partly cloudy to start with a high close to 47. A chance of rain and snow showers in the afternoon with strong winds gusting to 45 mph. Temperatures will drop during the afternoon.