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Q2 Weather: Winter returns on Sunday

Record heat and wind wrap up Saturday night
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Posted at 4:34 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-01 18:34:16-05

BILLINGS — Snow and cold to replace wind and heat

After an exceptionally dry, windy Saturday with record high temps in eastern Montana, an approaching Canadian cold front will bring us back into winter on Sunday.

By mid afternoon, Billings reached 68 degrees, besting the old record high of 62 set back in 1935

After wind gusts of almost 80 mph in places like Livingston and Big Timber, the winds will die down by early Sunday morning as area High Wind Warnings expire.

Incoming snow showers will bring 1 to 3 inches of snow across the plains and higher amounts in the foothills and mountains Sunday into Monday.

Winter Storm Watches and Winter Weather Advisories are posted in many counties across southwest and southcentral Montana and northern Wyoming early Sunday morning through Monday night.

The forecast for Billings

Tonight: Increasing clouds, southwest winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph before midnight, a 20% chance of snow after 3am and a low of 32.

Groundhogs Day Sunday: Colder with a 90% chance of snow showers, up to 2 inches accumulation, north winds 5 to 15 mph and a high of 37.

Sunday night: Colder with a 70% chance of snow, another inch accumulation possible, and a low of 19.

Monday: Colder with a 70% chance of snow and more accumulations possible with a high of 29.