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Mon Sep 30, 2019, 12:19 PM

Record September snowstorm drops 4 feet of snow on Montana Rockies

Source: Washington Post

Capital Weather Gang
Record September snowstorm drops 4 feet of snow on Montana Rockies

The storm produced Great Falls’ second-highest two-day snow total on record.

By Matthew Cappucci
September 30 at 11:22 AM

Some people grab their rakes and leaf blowers during the first few weeks of fall. Montanans broke out their snow shovels instead.

Up to four feet of snow fell in a historic September snowstorm, which prompted Montana governor Steve Bullock to declare a winter storm emergency Sunday evening. Numerous accidents and spun-out semis have been reported on area roadways, with a number of roads impassible. The majority of roadways on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation remained closed Monday morning.

Precipitation began as rain showers around midday Saturday at the lower elevations. Rain and drizzle flipped to snow, some heavy at times, as chilled air swept in from the north. An approaching weather disturbance helped intensify the storm even more, increasing snowfall rates Sunday morning. In combination with strong winds, it brought near whiteout conditions to parts of the region.

The 48-inch jackpot total came from Browning, a town of about 1,000 in Glacier County, which is about two hours northwest of Great Falls on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

“All roads in and out are blocked or pretty bad,” said Remington Boushie, a dispatcher with the Browning Police Department.

Nancy Feakes was kind enough to share this picture of her neighbor's house completely covered in snow in East Glacier. This storm just will not quit! #mtwx #winterstorm




Here’s an update from East Glacier today. That’s a lot of snow! Thanks to Marla Knopfle for sharing. #mtwx




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Sunburst Montana I think dinner will be inside tonight pic taken by Linda Burley #mtwx




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Current conditions and a drive through Cut Bank, MT. RARE MAJOR Winter Storm ongoing in Montana! #mtwx #winterstorm #snow @MyRadarWX




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Matthew Cappucci is a meteorologist for Capital Weather Gang. He earned a B.A. in atmospheric sciences from Harvard University in 2019, and has contributed to The Washington Post since he was 18. He is an avid storm chaser and adventurer, and covers all types of weather, climate science, and astronomy. Follow https://twitter.com/MatthewCappucci

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/09/30/record-september-snowstorm-drops-feet-snow-montana-rockies/

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mahatmakanejeeves Sep 30 OP
MontanaMama Sep 30 #1
FarPoint Sep 30 #6
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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 12:29 PM

1. We woke up to snow yesterday morning.

Nothing like what the hi-line in MT got...Browning, Havre and East Glacier got slammed. The sun is peeking out today and I'm grateful to see it. Winter is long enough up here...Montana needs to stop overachieving.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 02:42 PM

6. Glacier National Park

My most favorite vacation site...ever....

I need to go check out the webcams...

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 12:30 PM

2. Where's that global warming liberals keep talking about?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 01:36 PM

3. Meanwhile, highs for the week where I'm at are 96, 95, 95, 97, and 90

While the average high is 78, so nearly 20 degrees above average. (Of course the averages are being inched upwards by year after year of record high temperatures).

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 02:05 PM

4. eep.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 02:14 PM

5. Yea Nothing To See Here.

Highs around 90 to in October are not unusual, right?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 02:50 PM

7. we have had over 10 inches of rain in MI this month and getting another 2 to 3 mid week. nt

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 03:24 PM

8. Because of that storm it might FINALLY cool down in the midwest.....

Going down as the 2nd hottest Sept EVER...........

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