Montanans know that we’re on borrowed time when it comes to nice fall weather. Every day that’s sunny and mild in mid to late October is a gift, because our first taste of winter weather can arrive at at any time now.
Sure, we’ll get some nice days in November and December (I’ve ridden my motorcycle on those rare 50-degree days around Christmas), but the fact remains that winter is right around the corner, and the Billings area could see our first snowfall next week.
A 40 to 50-degree temperature drop in the next week.
According to the National Weather Service, Billings will likely receive snow next week. A cold front will move into the area with rain beginning Sunday night. Scattered rain showers are likely Monday through Wednesday.
Temperatures will continue to drop next week.
After a high near 80 on Friday, things will feel a lot chillier next week; starting with highs around 50 on Monday. We’ll get into the mid-40s for a high on Wednesday and our first shot at snow is expected to be Wednesday night.
Thursday will feel downright wintery.
Extended forecasts frequently change, but at this point, NWS meteorologists expect cold conditions by Thursday, with steady temps in the 30s and a 50 percent chance of rain/snow.
How is our winter going to be?
According to the latest long-term models from the National Weather Service, we could expect dryer and above-average temperatures this winter, which kind of contradicts the Old Farmer’s Almanac hocus-pocus prediction of “cold with average snowfall” for our region.
If you haven't done so already, now would be a great time to blow out your sprinklers, mow the lawn one last time for the season, and coil up your garden hoses for the year.