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Yellowstone River

A light rain falls on cliffs along the Yellowstone River on Thursday at Coulson Park. The Billings area is well over normal precipitation for the year.

Billings is in for a cold and snowy Saturday, but warm temperatures are ahead and could stay through October.

The National Weather Service expects the region to shed its Friday highs in the 60-degree range as winds pick up, ushering in colder weather from Canada. The forecast includes southeast Montana. Billings is expected to see high temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s Saturday with snow into the morning. Area foothills could see a couple inches.

Temperatures should creep into the high 50s by Monday, followed by drier, warmer weather.

“It’s kind of a mixed bag. This weekend is going to be cold and bleak. We might get some more snow, maybe an inch or so in town, but more in the foothills,” said Ryan Walsh, NWS meteorologist in Billings. “Actually we’re in for a warmup later in the week.”

By Tuesday, high temperatures should be in the 60s. Walsh said conditions are favorable for those temperatures and dry conditions to continue through the rest of the month.

Billings is several inches above normal in moisture for the calendar year. There have been 17.46 inches of precipitation so far, more than 5 inches above average. However, September and the first two weeks of October have been drier than average, Walsh said.

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Politics and agriculture reporter for The Billings Gazette.