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Q2 Weather: Some ups and downs before temperatures really go down

Posted at 6:12 AM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 08:18:26-05

BILLINGS — Our string of mild days ends as temperatures get really cold next week. But there is a lot going on between now and then.

Temperatures will remain mild Wednesday with highs mainly in the upper 30s to upper 40s. It’s possible we could see some low 50s including around Billings.

Expect a mix of clouds and sun with winds to 45 mph around Livingston and breezy around Billings through the afternoon. A few sprinkles are possible through the afternoon and early evening.

Overnight temperatures start to drop as a cold front moves into the region. Morning readings will range from the single digits in northeastern Montana to the 20s from Billings for the mountain foothills.

Thursday is on track for only the teens in northeastern Montana and 20s to mid 30s through southern Montana and northern Wyoming. Snow showers will develop with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation in much of the area Thursday night through Friday morning.

After a brief warm-up with some wind on Saturday, temperatures begin to drop Sunday. Expect single digits above and below zero for highs early next week.

Billings forecast:

Wednesday… Partly cloudy with a high near 49. SW wind increase to 15 to 25 mph by the afternoon. Isolated area sprinkles.
Wednesday night… Mostly cloudy. Isolated sprinkles. Low of about 26.
Thursday… Mostly cloudy and close to 30 for a high, but that may occur early in the day. Light snow possible during the afternoon and likely by the evening.