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Q2 Billings Area Weather; Windy, but Warmer

Winds decreasing in the afternoon
Posted at 5:14 AM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 08:06:51-05

BILLINGS — Good morning! Winds will be of concern this morning for those in the Livingston area with gusts up to 60 mph possible although winds have lessened a bit in Big Timber, but are expected to ramp back up enough to the point that the High Wind Advisory remains in place through noon. Use caution while driving along I-90 and Highway 191, especially in high profile vehicles.

Winds should ease up as we cross into the afternoon hours.

We can expect a few quick blasts of energy to maneuver through central and eastern Montana today with another hot on its trail this morning. Downslope flow should limit rainfall in the lower elevations, and these shortwaves could trigger a few showers but most won't see a drop of rain. Enough moisture remains in the higher elevations to produce light flurries in the mountains.

High pressure will influence the area this afternoon and evening keeping things dry ahead of another shortwave that will slide through western areas tonight.

Winds continue to decrease on Thursday as another system moves in bringing chances of snow for the mountains, foothills and Big Horn County into Sheridan County by Thursday night.

In terms of rain, Friday through the weekend looks to be pretty quiet before chances return early next week, but the jury is still out on that.

The big concern this weekend will be the wind especially on Sunday. Gusts could be quite strong, but there still remains some uncertainty as to how strong they could be.

Another factor will be winds aloft and if they will mix down to the surface adding to the intensity of the winds. This is something we will need to keep an eye on.

As for temperatures, expect highs to hover in the 40s with lows in the 20s over the next several days.