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Q2 Weather: "Mild as goose-milk" - Mark Twain

Posted at 5:08 AM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 07:59:09-05

BILLINGS — Our attention will turn to how warm it can get during the week.

Warm and dry conditions will start to edge into the region, scouring out some of the cold air the remains in Eastern Montana. This usually means gusty winds in the mountain foothills, but top gusts around Livingston, Big Timber and Nye should only reach 30 to 40 mph.

For Monday, expect more clouds and breezy conditions closer to the mountain foothills with more sunshine and cooler temperatures and Eastern Montana toward the Dakotas. Highs will range from the 20s and 30s in the plains to the upper 30s and 40s from Billings to the west.

Not as cold overnight, with northeastern Montana dropping to the teens and 20s across the eastern plains. Expect mid 20s to low 30s from Billings to the Wwst and south except for some colder air trapped in the Bighorn Basin of northern Wyoming.

Tuesday brings a mix of clouds and sun with a highs mainly in the 40s. Some low 50s are possible, especially around Cody, Wyo.

A disturbance Tuesday night into Wednesday brings a chance of some mountain snow showers and isolated rain/snow showers for the lower elevations. But the mild temperatures continue with highs hitting the 40s consistently and even some 50s closer to the weekend.

Overnight temperatures will be mainly in the 20s and 30s.

Billings forecast:

Monday… Mostly sunny with a high near 42. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Monday night… Mostly cloudy with a low of about 31.

Tuesday… Increasing clouds with a high around 46. Westerly wind 5 to 10 mph.