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Q2 Weather: Temps hold steady in Billings rest of this week

Posted at 4:00 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 18:00:12-05

BILLINGS — We may have mostly cloudy skies, but the temperatures are acting like there is plenty of sunshine out there early Wednesday afternoon.

It's 40 degrees in Billings with a west wind at 14 mph. Downsloping winds off the mountains are warming things up.

Around the rest of the state, our current temps are mostly into the 30s and 40s with most of the 40s east of the Divide.

On the threat board, we have a couple of Winter Weather Advisories- one for the Rocky Mountain front.

We could see 1 to 4 inches of snow through Thursday morning, another one around Missoula that could drop a wintry mix, and 1 to 6 inches of snow as well.

Plus, we have a High Wind Watch for the Rocky Mountain front and on the eastern slopes of the Divide for Friday evening through Saturday morning for 40 to 60 mile-per-hour winds.

However, Wednesday is just kind of quiet out there with a few scattered flurries, but for the most part, it's partly cloudy, east of the Divide, with a few more clouds in the west.

The high-resolution forecast model shows most of the scattered flurries will stay around Yellowstone Park and Kalispell Wednesday.

Back here, east of the Divide, we will see partly cloudy skies until Thursday evening when we have a slight chance for rain in eastern Yellowstone and Big Horn counties.

On Friday, most of that stuff dries up, and we are still looking at mostly sunny skies as we head into Saturday.

At 6 p.m., it'll be 34 degrees in Billings, and we will stay in the 30s overnight and into Thursday morning. We will pop up to 41 degrees by 2 p.m. on Thursday and top out at 42 degrees that afternoon.

We will cool back down to 39 on Friday, then jump back up to 49 or 50 on Sunday, then roll back into the upper 30s on Tuesday.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy and cool. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Low 29 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight 20% chance for rain and snow in the early evening. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 42 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and not as warm. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 39 degrees.