Biggest Snowfall in Years for Western Montana; More on the Way
While snow falls across much of the Great Lakes and into parts of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, the largest snow totals – by far – are pouring in from western Montana, where areas have received as much as three feet of the white stuff.
The historic snowstorm, which has left some parts of the Treasure State digging out from their biggest snow totals in six years, has closed schools and businesses across much of the northwestern corner of the state. Columbia Falls, about 10 miles east of Whitefish, recorded 34.5″ of snow as of Monday afternoon, and Kalispell had nearly 20″, making it that town’s snowiest two-day snow total since January 2009, and the sixth-snowiest overall recorded snowstorm.
Highways are closed and travel is hazardous at best, and local fire departments are asking residents to clear snow away from fire hydrants in the event of an emergency.
Not everyone is complaining, though. According to the Flathead Beacon of Kalispell, about 3,600 skiers and snowboarders took to the Whitefish Mountain Resort to enjoy the fresh powder.
The good news is that the snow is going to start down on Tuesday, at least for now. The worst of the snow should shift south and east by midday, with gradually diminishing snowfall by the end of the day and it should be over entirely by midnight. Calmer conditions should help snow removal efforts for the rest of the week.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi