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Avalanche

Kelly Gorham, a photographer at MSU, captured this photo of an avalanche last winter.

A warm, partly sunny day in Billings will transition to possible scattered showers this evening, followed by a mix of rain and snow through Friday, according to the National Weather Service. But the forecast looks a lot nicer above 6,500 feet.

Up to 16 inches of snow is expected on south- and west-facing slopes in the Beartooth and Absaroka mountain ranges, according to an advisory issued by the agency Thursday. Rain could begin switching over to snow as early as this evening in the foothills, potentially making for slick roads and dangerous driving conditions.

The storm will be accompanied by strong winds gusting at 30 to 50 mph, the advisory states, raising the likelihood of blow and drifting snow and potentially heightening avalanche danger.

Tonight, low temperatures are expected to dip below freezing in Billings, potentially creating icy road conditions during the morning commute Friday. The forecast calls for high temperatures in the city to remain in the 40s into next week.

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Morning Reporter

General assignment reporter for the Billings Gazette.