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Q2 Weather: Snowy and cold Easter weekend in Billings

Travel hazards will be widespread
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Posted at 4:29 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 19:02:10-04

BILLINGS — Friday’s warm weather is pushed aside with cold, wind and snow on the way.

Most high temperatures Saturday will be 30 to 40 degrees colder than Friday, with many of the reading warmest very early in the day. Temperatures will hold steady or drop through the afternoon, ending up in the teens by early Sunday.

Rain will begin Friday evening and becomes snow overnight through early Saturday. Snow continues Saturday, easing up by late in the day through Sunday morning.

Expect mainly wet roads Saturday except for the higher elevations, but they will become icy with snow over the top later in the day. This could make for very slick travel, and wind Saturday of 15 to 25 mph will add to the hazards.

Areas in the mountain foothills like Red Lodge and the north and east facing mountains slope of the Bighorn Mountains could see a foot or more of new snow. The Billings area and surrounding counties could see 4 to 6 inches, give or take. The eastern plains of Montana will see widespread 2 to 4 inches with pockets of higher or lower totals.

Near record cold temperatures in the teens are expected early Sunday and Monday before a warm up starts Tuesday.

Billings forecast:

Friday night… Rain increasing. A low of about 32.

Saturday… High of around 35 early in the day dropping to the upper 20s during the afternoon. Northerly wind 10 to 25 mph. Around 3 to 5 inches of snow.

Saturday night and Sunday… A couple more inches of wet snow overnight and partly cloudy by the afternoon. Low in the mid-to-upper teens and a high near freezing in the low 30s.