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Photo: High winds taking down trees around Billings
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Photo: High winds taking down trees around Billings

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Broken tree

The top half of a large pine tree lies on the ground after breaking off in high winds Tuesday at North Park in Billings. Meteorologist Krista Plouffe with the National Weather Service said winds peaked Tuesday in Billings at 70 mph. Wind speeds throughout the region spanned from the mid-50s through mid-60s. Temperatures are expected to drop in Billings into the upper 30s before warming up by the end of the week, she said. While the mountains may get some showers, she said, no precipitation is expected anywhere else in the region. “We are looking at a very dry period,” she said.

High winds have swept through the Billings area Tuesday, with gusts reaching as high as 63 mph, according to data from the National Weather Service. Gusts in excess of 80 mph have been recorded along the Beartooth Mountains.

The extreme conditions have led to trees and large branches coming down throughout the region.

NWS predicts the high winds will fade as the sun goes down this evening.

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