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Icy Road Drifting Snow Black Ice

After one day of milder temperatures on Friday, bitter cold has returned to Billings and the region through the early part of this coming week, the National Weather Service says.

The NWS issued a hazardous weather outlook for portions of central Montana, south central Montana and north central Wyoming starting this morning. Temperatures will be in the single digits and lower teens for highs over the next few days.

In addition to posing a threat for young livestock, the prolonged cold temperatures are increasing the amount of ice on area rivers, the NWS said, and increasing the risk for ice jam flooding.

In the Billings area on Saturday, there's 30 percent chance of light snow, mainly before 11 a.m. The day will be mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 1 and wind-chill values as low as minus 20, with northeast wind 8 to 11 mph. A total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Snow is likely Saturday night, with a 60 percent chance of precipitation and new snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible. The low will be around minus 10, with a wind-chill values as low as minus 25 and northeast wind 7 to 10 mph. 

Sunday will be mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 7 and wind-chill values as low as minus 25, and east northeast wind 7 to 10 mph.

There's a 40 percent chance of snow on Sunday night, with a low around minus 1 and wind-chill values as low as minus 15, with east northeast wind around 9 mph becoming north after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch is possible.

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General assignment and healthcare reporter at The Billings Gazette.