Although the calendar still reads autumn, winter is paying a visit to the northern Rocky Mountains. Heavy snow fell across much of the region over this past weekend. Montana was hardest hit, with the town of Browning receiving 48 inches of snow as of Tuesday. The larger town of Great Falls measured 19.3 inches of snow on Saturday and Sunday, which was the second highest two-day total in the town’s history.
Governor Steve Bullock declared a state of emergency for Montana as a result of the snow. Meanwhile, the Blackfeet Indian Reservation as well as Glacier and Pondera Counties also declared states of emergency. Wind gusts of 30-35 mph resulted in very high snow drifts, closing roads and even covering some houses.