Snow blankets Havre, the Hi-Line
More snow, bitter temperatures, forecast for week
December 3, 2013
Snow blanketed this part of the nation Monday, with the storm dropping record and near-record amounts in some locations and winter weather warnings and alerts in effect in several states.
Weather forecasters are continuing their predictions of more snow with sub-zero temperatures on the way for north-central Montana.
The reporting station for Havre, at the airport west of town, recorded 4 inches of snow Monday, just short of the record of 4.6 inches set in 1928. Great Falls also received 4 inches, tying its record, also set in 1928.
Billings received a record 6.2 inches of snow.
The storm already caused one death in Montana, with a 21-year-old Great Falls woman dying from injuries sustained in a five-car pileup near Manchester just west of Great Falls, The Associated Press reports. The woman's name had not been released this morning.
The impacts are widespread, with some school districts closing in northeastern Minnesota, which has received more than a foot of snow and up to 20 inches of snowfall predicted.
Winter storm warnings blanket the region, including almost all of Montana - a small region near Livingston through an area west of Roundup has a winter weather advisory, with the rest in a storm warning - and through parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada.
The Weather Service storm warning for Blaine, Chouteau, Hill and Liberty counties is in effect to 11 tonight, with heavy and blowing snow expected and rapidly dropping temperatures. As the storm system moves south and east, snowfall is likely to diminish, but temperatures will drop to below zero with wind chills causing the temperature to feel like it is colder than 20 below zero, the warning says. That can cause frostbite to exposed skin in as few as 30 minutes, it says.
The storm is expected to drop another 3 to 5 inches in this region, with up to 7 more inches in the Bear Paw, Little Rocky, Snowy and Highwood mountains.
No more snow is expected to fall until this weekend, with a slight chance of snow showers predicted Saturday night through Monday. Temperatures are predicted to drop as low as near minus 30, with highs below zero through Saturday.