Wind, heavy snow cause power outages, road closures in Montana

Published: Sep. 28, 2019 at 8:14 PM CDT
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Strong winds and heavy snow have led to power outages and temporary road closures in western Montana as a wintry storm threatens to drop several feet of snow in some areas of the northern Rocky Mountains.

The National Weather Service in Great Falls reports nearly a foot of snow had fallen near Marias Pass just south of Glacier National Park by midmorning Saturday. Meteorologists say snowfall rates in the Glacier park and Blackfeet Reservation areas could reach up to an inch an hour during the height of the storm.

Winds Friday night knocked down trees and damaged power lines, causing scattered outages in northwestern Montana and along the Rocky Mountain Front.

The storm system was also bringing strong winds and snow to the mountains of northern Washington and northern Idaho.