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Q2 Weather: Windy and mountain snow coming to southcentral Montana

Billings 7 Day
Posted at 3:15 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 17:47:41-05

BILLINGS — Full Forecast

Headlines/Current Conditions (As of 3:20 p.m.)

Partly cloudy, breezy, with temps in the mid 50’s.

But High Wind Watches, Warnings and Advisories all throughout Montana and northern Wyoming.

The High Wind Warnings. Most of the state is looking at very strong sustained winds between 30 to 50 mph Wednesday – Thursday, with possible winds gusting between 70 and 85 mph, maybe even 90 mph in certain spots. Travel could be affected. Dangerous crosswinds on several major roads including I-90/94, Highways 191, 12, 87 and 212.

Unlike our usual wind events, these strong winds will persist during the overnight hours, and in fact, some areas will see their strongest winds overnight on Wednesday.

Winter Storm Warning for the Beartooth and Crazy Mountains from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday. Could see 7 inches of snow with winds gusting up to 90 mph. Whiteout Conditions and wind chills reaching -20. Please only go out only if you absolutely must and when you do go out, please use extreme caution.

Winter Weather Advisory for the Pryor and Big Horn Mountains from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday. Snow up to three inches, extreme winds, blowing and drifting snow. Wind Chill could reach –20 and there is increased avalanche danger in the backcountry. Again, please only go out only if you absolutely must and when you do go out, please use extreme caution.

Oddly enough, temps are staying above average for the next few days.

Tonight:

Breezy and cloudy, with temps in the low 40’s here in the city.

Most of the region will be in 30’s and 40’s tonight.

Tomorrow (Wednesday):

Windy with temps in the mid to upper 50’s for most of us.

But again, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories will be in effect for a lot of the mountainous areas of our region. Please use extreme caution if traveling, and if you don’t have to travel, don’t.

Thursday - Tuesday:

Thursday it will still be very windy for most of the state and there will still be the Winter Weather Advisory for the Pryor and Big Horn mountains.

Most of the winds will move out of our region by Thursday night, but Friday will still be breezy.

Temps look to stay above average in the 40s for the rest of the week and into the weekend, with partly cloudy skies. This trend looks to carry over into the start of next week as well.