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Q2 Weather: Rain, snow, wind, near record highs to colder

Posted at 5:42 AM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 08:13:55-05

BILLINGS — Rain, snow, wind, warm, and then colder. They all find their way into our forecast.

Mild temperatures continue with highs reaching mainly the 40s in much of the area through Thursday. Overnight readings stay mild in the 20s to low 30s.

But a series of disturbances generate more mountain snow with a chance of off-and-on rain and snow showers for the lower elevations.

Expect increasing clouds Tuesday with overnight rain or snow, or even isolated areas of freezing rain. Showers will end early Wednesday with decreasing clouds and another mild afternoon.

Again, there is a chance of lower elevations showers early Thursday with a quick rebound to warm and dry conditions Thursday afternoon.

Friday and Saturday will be warmer. Saturday could approach record high temperatures in the low 60s and overnight temperatures in the low 40s for some of the area. But winds will gust 30 to 50 mph.

With the recent dry and warm conditions, the weekend wind and warm will increase wildfire risk. Use caution.

Sunday night, another cold front moves in and temperatures plummet to the 20s and 30s for highs Monday.

Billings forecast…

Tuesday… Increasing clouds and a high near 46. West breeze 5 to 15 mph.

Tuesday night… A chance of evening rain showers, switching to possible overnight snow. Possible freezing rain isolated areas overnight. Otherwise cloudy with a low of about 31.

Wednesday… Mostly cloudy early with afternoon clearing. Close to 48 for the high.