A huge snowstorm, combined with strong wind and large hail, is expected to hit Midwest Friday, resulting in as much as 50 centimeters of snow being dumped on Western Montana while temperatures in neighboring states are falling.
Storm storms are expected to bring record snow and cold unusually early to parts of the Rocky Mountains, where residents were warned to brace themselves for widespread power cuts, crop damage, and treacherous roads, meteorologists said Friday.
The storm that enters the region on Friday is expected to last three days, with strong winds and rain turning into snow at the weekend.
Weather forecasters predict a & # 39; freak & # 39; winter storm to shoot through the Midwest
Up to 50 centimeters of snow is expected in Western Montana, while winter storm watches are issued in eastern Washington, the Idaho panhandle, and northwestern Wyoming
That will be followed by temperatures that fall to unreasonably cold levels early next week, with the coldest spots falling to the teenagers and 20s.
& # 39; This is going to be a very long-lasting, wet event & # 39 ;, said national meteorologist Paul Nutter.
Cities that have not seen snow in September for decades have canceled sporting events and prepared their street plows, while residents have brought their vegetable garden and covered plants for the harsh frost.
The storm is expected to hit Montana & # 39; s Rocky Mountain Front and Glacier National Park, where snow is expected to fall between 3 and 1.2 meters until Sunday. In some areas, gusts of up to 50 mph expected snowstorms and harmful waves on Flathead Lake.
A community in the storm warning area, Cut Bank, was expected to break its 15-inch (38.1 centimeter) snowfall record for September with this single storm. The 13-inch (33.02-centimeter) September record of Great Falls can also be threatened, Nutter said.
The various winter storms warns of problems in the Midwest in anticipation of the storm
Unusually low temperatures are expected to be accompanied by the winter storm
If snow falls in Missoula, Montana, as expected, this could be a historic event. Since 1983 it no longer snows in the city
Winter storm watches have also been issued in eastern Washington, the Idaho panhandle, western Montana, and northwestern Wyoming, where snow is expected to fall.
Isolated snowstorms in the mountains are not uncommon for September, but the amount of snow forecast and the huge area of the storm make it a potentially historic event, Nutter said.
Nutter said it was too early to link the storm to the effects of climate change, and that meteorologists are instead focusing on what the storm will do.
& # 39; Generally, scientists with a warmer planet see individual weather systems getting a little more energetic & # 39 ;, he said.
Glacier National Park provided a temporary road and campsite closure for the storm. Elsewhere, nature workers and avalanche centers in Montana warned hunters and other outdoor recreationists to be cautious in dangerous inlands.
The National Weather Service sent a warning about the expected & # 39; widespread & # 39; snowfall expected to hit Montana, Idaho and Wyoming at the weekend
NorthWestern Energy increased staffing at its customer service centers and prepared equipment to respond to power outages, spokeswoman Jo Dee Black said, but warned that waiting times could be longer if the disruptions were widespread.
In Missoula, Montana, which has not received snow since 1983 since 1983, officials from the Department of Transportation were sanding snow plows and trucks and & # 39; waiting for ice on bridge & # 39; maintenance manager Steve Felix on the Missoulian.
The warm roadbeds are likely to melt most of the snow during the weekend, Felix said, but the predicted cold temperatures for Monday can cause sleet, while drivers have probably not yet put on snow tires.
& # 39; I am concerned that people are not ready for this, & # 39; he said. & # 39; They should not take this storm lightly. & # 39;
If there is snowfall in Missoula during the weekend, he can very well lead to a record setting AccuWeather, because the biggest snowfall of a day in September in the Missoula Valley in 1934 was only 1.5 inches.
The expected large quantities of fresh snow can also lead to record temperatures next week, as the thermometer is expected to fall above the high country in the few figures. Intermediate increases, meanwhile, could see temperatures in the teens and 20s.
The High Plains and Prairies could see just below freezing on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday evening.
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