40 inches of snow: Northwest US hit by ‘unprecedented’ winter storm in September, Montana declares emergency
The strong winds and blizzards began in Montana over the weekend and were expected to continue through Monday.
“With an unprecedented winter storm throwing our state a surprise in September, state and local governments are working closely together to protect the health and safety of Montanans,” Governor Steve Bullock said on Sunday, declaring a state of emergency as the snowfall continued.
The town of Browning has seemingly got the worst of it, receiving 48 inches of snow over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
Here’s a look around this gas station, a major hub, in Browning, Montana yesterday as the peak of the storm and blizzard was underway. 4 feet of snow fell here! #mtwx#snow#blizzard@MyRadarWXpic.twitter.com/bct8WwrQif— Aaron Jayjack (@aaronjayjack) September 30, 2019
The bad weather is also affecting parts of other states located along the Rockies, including Washington, Idaho, Nevada and even parts of California.
Major winter storm will continue to produce snow, blowing snow, and treacherous travel conditions over the northern Rockies into tonight. Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect across much of Montana, Idaho, and portions of Washington state.— National Weather Service (@NWS) September 29, 2019
The storm system shattered a record that had stood for well over a century, delivering the earliest snowfall in Spokane, Washington since 1881.
Several stations recorded record low maximum temperatures yesterday, and the snowiest September ever in Spokane got even snowier! #idwx#wawx#Snoptemberhttps://t.co/PAAfWSh8SUpic.twitter.com/RRVNNIbJFi— NWS Spokane (@NWSSpokane) September 30, 2019
Heavy snowfall is accompanied by strong winds, reaching some 30-35 mph at times, that make the whole situation worse, as the snow quickly piles up against buildings and vehicles.
While the Lassen Volcanic National Park in California remains open, Highway 89 going through the park will remain closed until “driving conditions improve,” the National Park Service said.
Last night the park received several inches of snow. As a result, Lassen National Park Highway is closed. The highway through the park will re-open when driving conditions improve.Park entrances are open. Hiking trails at park entrances are covered with a light layer of snow. pic.twitter.com/37LAx1VF3x— Lassen Volcanic NP (@LassenNPS) September 30, 2019
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