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‘Historic’ weekend blizzard could bring multiple feet of snow, making travel treacherous or impossible


We’ve barely entered into fall, but forecasters are already predicting a major winter weather event for the weekend.

Weather watchers say that a storm system is likely to hit portions of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming starting late Friday and lasting through the weekend, the Weather Channel reports.

The greatest amount of snowfall is predicted to occur in north and central parts of Montana, where at least a foot of snow accumulation is “probable” and “multiple feet of snow” are possible in some areas. The blizzard could also bring wind gusts of up to 40 m.p.h. to the area, forecasters say.

“This early-season winter storm and/or blizzard has the potential to set a new benchmark for snow accumulations, cold temperatures, and resulting impacts for parts of the Northern Rockies and the Rocky Mountain Front,” the U.S. National Weather Service — Great Falls wrote. “Extreme impacts are possible with this storm, including to the power infrastructure (downed power lines resulting in widespread power outages), agricultural interests, outdoor recreation (camping and hunting activities), and travel. Widespread significant tree damage is possible with the heavy, wet snow and strong winds impacting trees with foliage.”

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Glacier, Toole, Pondera, Teton, and Northern Lewis and Clark Counties from…

Posted by US National Weather Service Great Falls Montana on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

You can see the latest video report from the U.S. National Weather Service — Great Falls on the impending storm system below.

NWS Great Falls Winter Storm Briefing

This is a 1pm update on the upcoming winter storm.

Posted by US National Weather Service Great Falls Montana on Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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