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For the first time in more than a month, Billings could see a high temperature reach the historical average this weekend.

The recent warming trend is expected to continue Friday, with a high temperature of 42 in the forecast, according to the National Weather Service. That's still 5 degrees below the average high for March 15.

The weather service predicts a high of 45 on Friday, with temperatures climbing into the upper 40s Saturday and Sunday. Mostly sunny skies are expected to persist well into next week, and low temperatures will likely remain below freezing.

The last time Billings saw a high temperature reach its historical average was Feb. 13, when a high of 41 degrees was recorded at the Billings Logan International Airport (compared with an average of 40).

Average highs through this weekend are 47 to 48 degrees, according to the NWS.

Next week is expected to begin even warmer, prompting concerns of possible flooding throughout much of Montana and northern Wyoming.

In Billings, Monday and Tuesday are forecast to reach highs of 54 and 57 degrees, respectively.

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Morning Reporter

General assignment reporter for the Billings Gazette.