High winds and heavy snow caused power outages and temporary road closures in northwestern Montana as a winter storm threatened to drop several feet of snow in some areas of the northern Rocky Mountains. Up to a foot of snow may fall in the Great Falls of Montana, which will break the record set for September snowfall, set in 1934, Carter Evans reported on CBS News.
A winter storm warning is in effect until Monday morning for parts of north central Montana, the National Weather Service reported. Conditions with blizzards are possible, NWS said.
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The city of Chotoau said Saturday morning that there were already several downed power lines and downed trees, which created a very dangerous situation; they urge people to stay home if possible, KRTV reports Great Falls, KRTV reports.
Montana Highway Patrol Vice President Amanda Villa, located in Helena, posted on Twitter a picture of an overturned car as a warning to drivers to watch out for wet roads.
Wind gusts Saturday and Saturday Saturdays and Saturdays causing scattered breaks in northwestern Montana and along the Rocky Mountain Front. Up to 30 large trees were lowered on the east side of Flathead Lake, Missoulian reports.
Emergency travel is recommended in some areas along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountain Front, and treacherous trips are reported throughout the region, including over the Rogers Pass along the Montana Highway 200 northwest of Helena, Siner said.
After the storm, temperatures are expected to drop in the teens and 20s in much of western and central Montana on Monday night.
The weekend storm system also brought strong winds and snow in the mountains of northern Washington and northern Idaho.
Homeless shelters in Spokane, Washington, were releasing entry policies and the city was preparing a backup shelter if needed.
Dave Wall, spokesman for the Union Gospel Mission, stated that the director of the shelter and the mayor of Spokane agreed to the mission not to apply its drug and alcohol policies while the temperatures were below freezing as long as the cartridges did not. are safe, reports the Speaker-Review reports.