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Heavy snow in Montana causes road closures and power outages days after the start of fall

2019-09-29

Snow no!

Dangerous road conditions, power outages and more than a foot of snow in some areas in Montana were among the effects of a unseasonably powerful storm that’s ripped through the northwestern region of the state and the northern Rocky Mountains — mere days after the start of fall.

Browning had been hit with 23 inches as of Saturday, while East Glacier Park got 21 inches, according to CNN.

A preliminary measurement of Great Falls taken at midnight came in at 9.7 inches for Saturday, which, if made official, would blow past the 1954 record for that day of 6.1 inches, according to the National Weather Service of Great Falls.

The storm could leave up to 4 feet of snow in the high-altitude areas by the time it’s over.

"If the forecast pans out, this would rival or surpass the 1934 winter storm which was for many areas the top early-season snowfall event on record," said CNN’s meteorologist Ivan Cabrera.

Although it’s still only September, the area impacted by the storm has been known to receive snow this early in the year in the past. Just not to this extent.

A winter storm warning was put out Friday ahead of the storm, which the National Weather Service described at the time as “seasonally-historic.”

Snow continued to come down Sunday and is expected to slow down toward the end of the night. Roads have been closed due to the weather.

Powerful winds and snow also hit mountainous areas in northern Washington and northern Idaho.

With News Wire Services