(Reuters) – It seemed like midwinter within the northern Rocky Mountains on Sunday as a significant storm dumped file snowfall of over three ft (91 cm) in locations and hard-hit Montana declared a state of emergency to clear blocked roads.
An additional 1 to 2 ft (30-61 cm) of snow was anticipated in a single day, with winter storm warnings in impact for western Montana and the mountains of northern Washington and northern Idaho. Snow was additionally anticipated in areas of California, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Idaho.
Montana Governor Steve Bullock referred to as an emergency on Sunday after 40 inches (101 cm) of snow fell in cities like Browning, forcing freeway closures and a string of highway accidents.
Temperatures had been anticipated to drop to file lows within the 20s F (-6.6 C) or under on Sunday evening throughout western Montana and north-central Idaho, based on the Nationwide Climate Service.
“With an unprecedented winter storm throwing our state a shock in September, state and native governments are working carefully collectively to guard the well being and security of Montanans,” Bullock stated in an announcement.
Robust winds risked blizzard situations in some areas, with blowing snow disrupting journey into Monday even after the snow was anticipated to wind down in a single day, the climate service reported.
Reporting by Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico; Enhancing by Peter Cooney