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Q2 Weather: Billings white Christmas is gone with the wind

Posted at 3:11 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 17:11:20-05

BILLINGS — The cloudy skies, the rain and the snow have all gone, but the wind remains Wednesday. That's the story in the Billings area, as the cameras shake looking at the Beartooth Mountains.

In the early afternoon, it was 34 degrees in Billings with a west wind at 18 mph.

Around the rest of the state, our current temps are mostly to the 20s and 30s, with Billings at 34 degrees.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows generally dry skies, but we do see a few high clouds rolling in across the state.

Most of the snow has been confined to the Black Hills of South Dakota around Rapid City.

The high-resolution forecast model virtually says the same story, partly cloudy skies across much of eastern Montana Wednesday through the night.

By Thursday, we see mostly sunny skies on Christmas Eve and early Christmas day.

Those partly cloudy skies will give way to mostly cloudy skies on Christmas day during the daylight hours.

Your next batch of snow starts moving into western Montana Saturday morning and will probably bring a chance of rain mixing with snow in the Billings area Saturday afternoon.

It will be 32 degrees at 6 p.m. Wednesday, and then we work our way up to 46 degrees by 2 p.m. Thursday. We will top out at 46 on Thursday and Friday, then drop it back down to the 30s on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of next week.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, windy, cooler and dry. West winds 15 to 25 mph. Low 26 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny, windy and a little but warmer. West winds 15 to 30 mph. High 46 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, not as windy but still warm. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 46 degrees.