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Q2 Weather: Rain and mountain snow could be heavy at times

But drier weather will follow
Posted at 6:08 AM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 08:22:33-04

BILLINGS — Cooler and wetter weather is already moving into the region.

Periods of rain for the lower elevations and higher elevation snow are expected Friday, with decreasing showers on Saturday. The heaviest rain and snow will be from Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning.

High temperatures Friday will range from the 50s in the mountain foothills, to the 60s around Billings to the east, to the low 70s in extreme Eastern Montana and portions of northern Wyoming. Clouds will increase from west to east, along with showers.

Periods of heavy rain are possible, and there is some chance of strong to severe storms that could produce gusty winds and frequent lightning in Eastern Montana.

The heaviest mountain snows expected from around 7,500 feet and above. Five to 10 inches of new snow can be expected for the higher elevations, affecting areas like Beartooth Pass. The Big Horn Mountains could also see a couple inches of snow.

Wet and cool conditions could affect your weekend outdoor plans, including hazardous travel in the higher elevations and chilly and wet weather for Friday night football.

Gradual clearing on Saturday with highs mainly in the 60s. Expect sunshine and mid to lower 70s on Sunday.

Billings forecast:

Friday… An increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 64. Light northerly wind could increase around storms.

Friday night… Showers and possibly a thunderstorm with a low near 49.

Saturday… Mostly cloudy with showers likely especially in the morning. West wind 10 to 20 mph. High of about 64.