Climate

Billings’ climate is surprisingly mild for its northern location. In the winter, while the average snowfall is 59 inches, it rarely accumulates to any great depth due to frequent thawing periods. Bitter cold spells can change into Chinook wind warm ups in a matter of hours. The old adage, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute” can be stated throughout a Billings winter season. Winter storms are part of a Billings’ winter, but Logan Airport rarely closes and experienced road crews across the city, county and state help keep road connections clear for drivers. The shelter of the river valley provides protection that’s not experienced in cities in comparable northern climates.

From unseasonably warm stretches to wet snowfall, springtime in the Billings’ area offers wide variations in weather. Overall, springtime is refreshing and rejuvenating with perennials sprouting and grass ‘greening.’

The mercury during a typical summer day can climb well into the 90’s, but the summer nights are perfect for camping, neighborhood walks, or outdoor parties with friends.

The first frost usually arrives at the end of September, but a warm sweatshirt will suffice as protection for a fall football game at Rocky Mountain College or any of the four, local high schools.

Billings Monthly Temperatures and Precipitation
Source: Montana State University – Billings’ Center for Applied Economic Research

Annual Average Temperature 47.1
January Average Temperature 27.1
July Average Temperature 72.5
Annual Mean Snowfall 57
Annual Mean Rainfall 14.77

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