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Q2 Weather: Fall weather abruptly turns colder and wetter

Coldest temperatures this season by early next week
Posted at 6:04 AM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 08:20:39-04

BILLINGS — Colder and wet weather headed our way for the weekend, so enjoy the pleasant fall weather Wednesday.

Wednesday is pretty pleasant, with typical fall temperatures in the 60s by the afternoon. Billings could be close to 70. Still a little breezy, but we lose a lot of the wind from Tuesday afternoon and evening.

After up partly to mostly sunny Wednesday afternoon, clouds will increase a bit during the day on Thursday. But high still hit the 60s to 70s ahead of a cold front that arrives Thursday evening.

Showers could begin sometime late Thursday, but certainly by Friday. Periods of rain and high elevation snow will start the weekend, with cold enough temperatures for snow in the lower elevations by early next week.

Expect highs mainly in the 50s Friday but only in the 40s Saturday with widespread rain that could be heavy at times. Overnight temperatures will be the coldest so far this season, with frost and freeze conditions likely from Sunday morning through at least Tuesday morning.

Snowfall for the lower elevations does not look to be significant, but will affect outdoor recreation in the high country. Be prepared for chilly temperatures, periods of rain and snow, and some travel concerns.

Billings forecast:

Wednesday… Mostly sunny with a high of about 69. Northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday night… Mostly clear with a low of about 46. Light winds overnight.

Thursday… Partly sunny to start, with a high near 71. Clouds increase with a good chance of afternoon and evening showers.