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Friday
Feb162018

Rough winter weather raking Northern MT again today

Wind driven snow at the Two Medicine Bridge near Browning- MDT webcam (BROWNING)- It's another rough day for travelers, and life in general, across Northern Montana today, as a combination of snow from the west and cold, Arctic air from the north are combining for lots of wind driven snow. 

Earlier this week, many roads along the Northern Rocky Mountain Front were closed completely by blowing and drifting snow. 

Today, snow is continuing, and winds are driving it across roads, making it hard for plow crews to keep up. However, most of the major roads are open, although there are problems again with reduced visibility. 

Near Browning, U.S. 2 remains open from Marias Pass into North Central Montana. However, U.S. 89 is closed up the east side of Glacier National Park, when it crosses the steep divide between Cut Bank Creek and St. Mary. 

Other highways around Great Falls, and east through Havre are also being hit with strong winds and blowing and drifting snow, as well as some heavy snowfall. 

Tuesday
Feb132018

Brutal conditions continue to hit Rocky Mountain Front

Wind driven snow was creating almost zero visibility on U.S. 2 near Browning Tuesday morning- MDT photo (BROWNING)- This is turning out to be another week of brutal conditions on the Rocky Mountain Front. 

And from the look of next week's forecast there doesn't seem to be a lot of relief in sight.

After being hit with more snow late last week, and then temperatures that plunged to more than 20 below to start this week, winds continued to howl all along the Front Tuesday morning. While air temperatures were warmer, the strong winds were creating hazardous driving conditions closing many of the area roads, especially around Browning and East Glacier. 

The Montana Department of Transportation had closed U.S. 2 from the summit of Marias Pass into Browning Tuesday morning after conditions made the route nearly impassable. 

And there's more winter where that came from. Forecasters are predicting cold air will "slump" out of the Arctic again next week, combining with incoming Pacific moisture in a classic "La Nina" pattern, which should bring a good chance for more snow and cold, especially along the front and across North Central Montana. 

Thursday
Feb162017

Uncertain future for old Libby High School after roof collapse

Byron Sanderson shared this photo of the collapsed roof on Facebook(LIBBY)- It's unknown what will happen to the old Libby High School building after heavy snow from the recent storms caused a major portion of the structure's roof to collapse. 

The building, which was sold to a private investment group about a decade ago, is in the heart of Libby, and had been used for a variety of classes before the school district vacated the property. 

This week, the heavy snow load caused a large area of the upstairs roof at the front of the building to collapse, leaving a massive hole behind. 

Wednesday
Feb012017

Another shot of cold for Montana

Glacier National Park from the Apgar Lookout Wednesday morning, where temps were already below zero(MISSOULA)- After several inches of new snow fell across the region Tuesday, it's back to cold, with some sub-zero readings for Montana. 

A vigorous Pacific system, combined with colder Arctic air east of Divide brought heavy snow to Western and Southwestern Montana again this week. Some valleys, like the Bitterroot, received an additional 8-10" of snow, coming on top of the already significant snow that's been on the ground since shortly after Thanksgiving. 

Some of the mountain locations, especially in the southwest, received another 2-3 feet of snow, once more bringing concerns of avalanches. 

However, the main weather feature the next couple of days will be cold, complicated by wind. Standing air temps are expected to drop below zero in many areas, and feel much colder in some spots when combined with wind chill. 

Another shot of snow is expected Friday before conditions moderate with a mix of snow and rain for the weekend. 

Tuesday
Jan242017

Snow showers persist across Montana

View from Glacier National Park this morning (MISSOULA)- Although winter continues its grip on the Treasure State, conditions are proving to be a lot calmer, and warmer that much of the season so far. 

The National Weather Service was reporting scattered snow across the region again Tuesday morning, with most of the concentrated snow over parts of Southwest Montana. Drivers were encountering new snow, with some areas of blowing and drifting snow, on Monida Pass, Bozeman Pass and other main highways this morning. 

However, only light snow showers were hitting much of Western Central and Northwest Montana and accumulations are expected to continue to be light through today and into Wednesday.

Best of all, temperatures have moderated. Most areas will see highs continue in the mid 20s to low 30s over the next several days, with the coldest lows hitting the single digits, especially later in the week.