Forecast: Snow overnight, treacherous conditions possible for metro

Today's forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, with a high near 55.

"The main thing we're anxious about this morning is the morning commute", Brian Tesar, a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service's Billings office, said Wednesday morning. Very windy, with a south southeast wind 14 to 19 miles per hour becoming north 27 to 32 miles per hour after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

There is a 90 percent chance of rain, up to three-quarters of an inch of it, on Thursday night, when the low will dip only to 44, the federal forecasters say. Breezy, with a south wind 17 to 20 miles per hour.

It also states "some thunder is possible" Friday. Patchy blowing snow after noon. Heavy periods of rain are in the forecast for Friday and Saturday, with the potential for flooding in some areas. So we will see some strong winds beginning Wednesday night and continuing into Thursday. The chance of mixed showers tonight, but again, these will be scattered. Night: Partly cloudy to mostly clear and cold with west winds around 5 miles per hour. The low early Sunday morning will be somewhere between 18 and 23 for most communities around here.

Tonight: Light rain develops by mid evening, with more widespread rain overnight.

Sunny skies and highs in the 50s are expected to return Thursday right through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.

Friday: Snow likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Sunday, January 14: High: 20 Low: -5.

Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 35.

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