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Q2 Weather: Billings and the state begin to warm up

Posted at 2:29 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 16:29:39-05

BILLINGS — There is just a little bit of snow on the rooftops, but we still have a beautiful Tuesday in Billings with partly cloudy skies and an early afternoon temperature of 32 degrees.

Though it's not hot, at least it's getting there. Around the rest of the state, our current temps are mostly into the 20s and 30s, although Jordan is already at 40 degrees.

Plus, there is a Wind Advisory until noon Wednesday for the Beartooth foothills, where winds could gust to 65 mph.

There is also a High Wind Warning for the rest of Sweet Grass County until noon for winds gusting to 60 mph off the Crazy Mountains.

The Doppler radar shows the next batch of snow already moving in western Montana, but it's having a hard time getting over the mountains.

Those snow showers that do get on the eastern side of the mountains are inhibited by the downsloping winds.

The high-resolution forecast model shows snow showers continue from Kalispell to Missoula toward Great Falls Tuesday. A new batch of snow could be moving in from Yellowstone Park heading toward the Bridger and Beartooth mountains.

But you'll notice that's as far as it gets. The downsloping winds off the mountains continue to dry up the snowstorm before it gets to Billings. This should continue into Friday. If we do see the snow showers, they are expected to be just flurries.

The computers are saying Billings will not see any snow and Bozeman, Livingston and Sheridan could see only light snow.

Our temperatures for the rest of the day will be rather flat, right around 32 degrees then pop up to 38 by 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

We will top out at 41 on Wednesday and Thursday, dip back down to 39 degrees on Friday, then back to the 40s over the weekend and possibly close to 50 degrees on Sunday, then finally down to 44 on Monday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, breezy and cool. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 27 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, breezy and a little but warmer. West winds 15 to 25 mph. High 41 degrees.

THURSDAY: Cloudy, not as windy and continued warm. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 41 degrees.