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Residents in parts of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are preparing for a snowstorm in the early season

Residents in parts of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are preparing for a snowstorm in the early season.

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National Weather Service officials issued warnings and watches for the winter storm in western Montana, northwestern Wyoming, and the Idaho panhandle from Friday evening through Sunday.

The National Weather Service said the storm & # 39; a historically important snow event in the early season & # 39; could be the record cold for September.

& # 39; It seems that Valley #snow is becoming increasingly likely. The accumulations will be minimal, but for so early in the season it will have a big impact, along with all the other effects that we will see. Suffice to say: this will be a historic storm, & tweeted the NWS.

Up to 3 feet of snow and snowstorm are forecast for the plains along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana.

Residents in parts of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are preparing for a snowstorm in the early season

Residents in parts of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are preparing for a snowstorm in the early season. Forecasters said the storm & # 39; a historically important snow event in the early season & # 39; could be

Up to 3 feet of snow and snowstorm are forecast for the plains along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana
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Up to 3 feet of snow and snowstorm are forecast for the plains along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana

Up to 3 feet of snow and snowstorm are forecast for the plains along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana

National Weather Service officials issued warnings and watches for the winter storm in western Montana, northwestern Wyoming and the Idaho panhandle from Friday evening through Sunday.

National Weather Service officials issued warnings and watches for the winter storm in western Montana, northwestern Wyoming and the Idaho panhandle from Friday evening through Sunday.

National Weather Service officials issued warnings and watches for the winter storm in western Montana, northwestern Wyoming and the Idaho panhandle from Friday evening through Sunday.

The heaviest snow and the most extreme conditions are expected on Saturday and Sunday

The heaviest snow and the most extreme conditions are expected on Saturday and Sunday

The heaviest snow and the most extreme conditions are expected on Saturday and Sunday

The heaviest snow and the most extreme conditions are expected on Saturday and Sunday.

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The NWS warned that travel & # 39; dangerous & # 39; because of snow and that there may be & # 39; life-threatening & # 39; hinterland conditions.

Predictors predict that there will be cut trees and power lines, as well as wind damage to docks and marinas.

Agricultural damage is likely to be caused by record temperatures.

Officials encouraged residents to prepare as quickly as possible due to potential power outages.

They said residents should stock up on food, move vehicles away from trees and electricity poles, and prepare flashlights with new batteries.

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& # 39; This is a significant fall storm that can have major consequences. In some areas, almost snowstorms are possible & # 39 ;, according to the NWS in a situation report.

& # 39; Power outages can be widespread and last much longer than normal if the outages become widespread. & # 39;

North Central Montana will be the most affected, but parts of southwestern Montana will also be affected

North Central Montana will be the most affected, but parts of southwestern Montana will also be affected

North Central Montana will be the most affected, but parts of southwestern Montana will also be affected

According to the NWS, this weekend's storm is & # 39; only the first phase of a prolonged period of cold and wet weather & # 39;

According to the NWS, this weekend's storm is & # 39; only the first phase of a prolonged period of cold and wet weather & # 39;

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According to the NWS, this weekend's storm is & # 39; only the first phase of a prolonged period of cold and wet weather & # 39;

North Central Montana will be the most affected, but parts of southwestern Montana will also be affected.

Officials said hunters who have plans outside should prepare for & # 39; cold, wet weather & # 39 ;.

And to make matters worse, more snow is expected next week.

According to the NWS, this weekend's storm is & # 39; only the first phase of a prolonged period of cold and wet weather & # 39 ;.

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& # 39; Some wet snowfall is possible throughout the region from Sunday evening to next Tuesday or Wednesday. & # 39;

High temperatures are expected to fall this weekend until the beginning of next week.

Officials said no storms of this magnitude have occurred since 1934. Depicted is Billings, Montana, in 2007

Officials said no storms of this magnitude have occurred since 1934. Depicted is Billings, Montana, in 2007

Officials said no storms of this magnitude have occurred since 1934. Depicted is Billings, Montana, in 2007

In early October 2017, the Havre area received more than 12 centimeters of snow, while Rocky Boy received more than two feet of snow, along with widespread power outages in this region

In early October 2017, the Havre area received more than 12 centimeters of snow, while Rocky Boy received more than two feet of snow, along with widespread power outages in this region

In early October 2017, the Havre area received more than 12 centimeters of snow, while Rocky Boy received more than two feet of snow, along with widespread power outages in this region

On Sundays and until Mondays, highlights will be in the area in the 30s to 40s.

Storms of this magnitude have not happened since 1934.

In early October 2017, the Havre area received more than 12 centimeters of snow, while Rocky Boy received more than two feet of snow, along with widespread power outages in this region

In the meantime, the high wind and low humidity caused the weather service officials to warn the fire department in central and southeastern Wyoming on Thursday.

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They say that any fire that develops is likely to spread quickly.

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