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Q2 Weather: More wind, but these temperatures are mild

Warmer than average through the weekend
Posted at 5:21 AM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 08:02:49-05

BILLINGS — No big surprise. Wind once again highlights the forecast.

Strong winds will continue around Livingston/Big Timber/Harlowton Tuesday through Wednesday. Top wind gusts in these areas will hit 50 to 60 mph, and will cause some travel hazards along Interstate 90.

Winds will push out to around Billings/Hardin with gusts to around 40 mph. Winds will be lighter but temperatures also cooler east of Billings.

High temperatures for Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday will be mainly in the 30s to low 40s in southern Montana and northern Wyoming. Expect 20s to low 30s in northeast Montana with a bit more cloudiness and even patchy morning fog.

Temperatures edge up to the upper 40s to low 50s Friday through Sunday. Saturday looks to be the warmest day overall, and then cooler and wetter weather moves back in closer to Christmas.

At this point, no major travel hazards are expected on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, but light snow showers are possible.

Billings forecast:

Tuesday… Sunny to mostly sunny with a high of about 42. Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph with occasional stronger gusts.

Tuesday night… Partly cloudy with a low around 28. Southwest wind continues 15 to 25 mph.

Wednesday… Increasing clouds with a high near 46. West Southwest wind 10 to 25 mph.