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Q2 Billings Area Weather: Windy and not-so-cold highlight the weekend

Posted at 5:25 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 19:38:24-05

BILLINGS — Friday was the warmest day in the last two weeks, and warmer temperatures will build in with more wind.

After wind gusts hit 75 mph in the Livingston area early Friday, winds backed off during the afternoon. It will remain breezy Saturday, but the winds really kick in Sunday and Monday with gusts into the mountain foothills reaching 50 to 60 mph by Sunday and 60 to 75 mph by Monday.

A disturbance Friday night through Saturday morning will bring a few inches of snow close to the Beartooth Mountains and the Bighorn Mountains with some flurries possible in the lower elevations. Clouds will decrease Saturday afternoon as temperatures hit the 30s to around 40.

Temperatures slip to the teens to around 20 degrees early Sunday, and at the 30s to around 40 once again in the afternoon. Winds become stronger in the mountain foothills and start to spread across the plains.

By Monday, temperatures peak in the 40s to low 50s but winds become very strong especially close to the mountains. A cold front Sunday night through Tuesday morning will bring scattered rain and snow showers and a downturn in the temperatures.

Highs will stay in the 30s to low 40s Tuesday, the drop to mainly the 30s for the rest of the week with overnight temperatures mainly in the 20s. Tuesday has the best chance of showers with drier weather ahead.

Billings forecast:

Friday night… Increasing clouds with a low around 22. Westerly wind 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday… Cloudy with a chance of a flurry in the morning with sunshine in the afternoon. A high near 38. Winds increase by the evening 15 to 25 mph.

Saturday night and Sunday… Partly cloudy overnight with a low of about 21. Partly to mostly sunny Sunday with a high close to 38. Westerly winds 15 to 30 mph.