A record-breaking storm dumped nearly two feet of snow over the northern Rockies during the first weekend of fall – causing power outages and road closures in various communities in Montana.
Montana Gov Steve Bullock declared an emergency Sunday, which allowed the state to mobilize resources to areas hit by the storm in the early season.
Treacherous highway conditions were reported in northwestern parts of the state when a 60 mph wind called in the fresh snowfall, reducing visibility on slippery roads.
Montana Highway Patrol trooper Amanda Villa warned commuters to be careful while placing a photo of a car slipping into a ditch and falling over. She said that all passengers were fine.
Winter weather warnings and advice remained in effect on Sunday morning for parts of Western Montana, Northern Idaho, and Northeast Washington while the snow continued to fall in the midst of what the National Weather Service described as a & # 39; historic winter storm & # 39 ;. Snow was also predicted for areas in Wyoming, Utah, Oregon, Nevada and California.
The unusually early winter weather comes weeks after Farman & # 39; s Almanac predicted that the US will have a & # 39; Polar Coaster & # 39; experience temperature fluctuations.
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A record-breaking storm dumped nearly two feet of snow over the northern Rockies during the first weekend of fall – causing power outages and road closures in various Montana communities on Saturday.
Treacherous highway conditions were reported in northwestern Montana when 60 mph of wind called in the fresh snowfall, reducing visibility. A Montana Highway Patrol trooper tweeted a photo of a car slipping into a ditch and falling over
The brunt of the ongoing storm hit Montana on Saturday, as some areas saw nearly two feet of snow at the end of the afternoon. Locals shared photos & videos of their homes surrounded by the unusually early snowfall
The brunt of the ongoing storm hit Montana on Saturday, as some areas saw nearly two feet of snow at the end of the afternoon.
Snowfall in Browning measured at 23 inches by 4.10pm, according to Accuweather, closely followed by 21 inches in East Glacier Park (photo)
Snowfall in Browning measured at 23 inches by 4.10pm, according to Accuweather, closely followed by 21 inches in East Glacier Park. It is predicted that the area will see a maximum of four feet in total by the time the storm ends Sunday night, meteorologist Megan Syner said.
Great Falls was covered in 9.7 centimeters on Saturday, surpassing a daily record of 6.1 centimeters in 1954. It was also the earliest date of snowfall of more than 9.7 centimeters since 8 November 2012.
Missoula, which has not received snow since September since 1983, saw a quantity of snow for the first time on that date.
State Department of Transportation officials braced themselves for the weather by sanding snow plows and trucks and placing & # 39; waiting for ice on bridge & # 39; signs, maintenance chief Steve Felix said. 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;
Rebecca Connors, Helena Public Works City Information Officer, told AccuWeather: & # 39; It is Montana, and this is a sort of characteristic of Montana, weird snowstorms. Our seasons are short, except for the winter. & # 39;
Winter weather warnings and advice remained in place for parts of Western Montana, Northern Idaho, and Northeast Washington on Sunday, while the snow continued to fall. The National Weather Service warned that the storm & # 39; historical & # 39; could be
Snow was also predicted for areas in Wyoming, Utah, Oregon, Nevada and California
Meteorologists say the storm will be followed by temperatures that fall to unusually cold levels early this week, with the coldest spots dropping to the teens and 20s
The strange September weather is caused by cold air from Canada dragging west from the Rocky Mountains, where residents were warned to brace themselves for damage to crops and treacherous roads.
Meteorologists say the storm at the beginning of this week will be followed by temperatures that fall to unusually cold levels, with the coldest spots falling to the teens 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.
Nutter said that isolated snowstorms in the mountains are not uncommon for September, but the amount of predicted snow and the huge area of the storm made it a potentially historic event.
He 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.
Ne & All 39 vaeh Allison removes snow from the Centerville High School football field for a Saturday match in Centerville, Montana
Fans gathered to brave the wind and snow during the football match between Centerville High School and Belt High School
Five-year-old Connor Cruz inspects snow-laden sunflowers during Saturday's snowstorm in Great Falls, Montana
The impact of the low pressure system extended to the south when about 70 reports of heavy weather came from Kansas to Indiana.
Thunderstorms tore through Illinois and northwestern Indiana on Friday evening, giving flashy warnings on Saturday morning.
Four people had to be rescued from Lake Michigan in Chicago, including a 20-year-old man who stranded about 400 feet off the coast at Pratt.
& # 39; The waves were high. I think the water temperature was 58 degrees, & battalion chief Frank Cambria said CBS News. & # 39; We were worried about hypothermia. The victim was almost submerged when Capt. Finnegan came to him. & # 39;
& # 39; He was in trouble. He screamed. He drowned. We went inside, & captain Michael Finnegan added about himself and his colleague and two others staying on the boat for Friday's rescue mission.
Three divers were also rescued from the lake in the city where 959 flights were canceled at R & D 39, Hare Airport and 134 were canceled at Midway International, while both travel hubs had delays that lasted nearly an hour where flights took place.
In Manteno, the wind blew down tents and destroyed an Oktoberfest event, ABC news reported.
Thunderstorms tore through Illinois and Northwest Indiana on Friday evening, causing early Saturday early warning of flooding
A video filmed from a home in Mossville, Illinois, shows the severe weather that caused a travel warning
Flash floods hit Illinois (photo) and Indiana when six inches of rainfall covered large parts of the northern US
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