A thick blanket of snow welcomed most of Montana this morning and the storm moving through is forcing school closures in the Flathead Valley, keeping at least a stretch of Interstate 15 closed near the Idaho border and promising a balmy high of 9 degrees below zero in the Great Falls area.
Montana Public Radio is reporting this morning that all schools in Flathead County, including Flathead Valley Community College, are calling it a snow day and closing school. The National Weather Service is predicting 3-5 inches of snow throughout the day and the valley, from the border to the Mission Valley is under a blizzard warning.
NWS forecasts call for 1-3 inches in the Missoula region, which is under a snow advisory, but the fun really gets started in Central Montana, where the high is predicted at -9 degrees with a wind chill between -17 and -22.
Update: Parts of Highway 12 and Highway 287 near Townsend that were closed early Monday have been reopened, as is the stretch of I-15 near Monida Pass. The only road remaining closed is 191 south of Eddie’s Corner to Harlow. closed as well. See below for the link to the DOT’s updated map.)