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Record cold temperatures in Western Montana
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Cold Snap Brings Record Overnight Low Temperatures to Western Montana [AUDIO]

Just how cold was it Tuesday night into Wednesday morning in Western Montana? It hasn't been this cold since 1896.

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This tornado touched down in eastern Mississippi. (NBC)
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Brutal Storms Rip Through South and Midwest, Killing 3; Now Headed East

A very strong spring storm dumped ice and snow throughout the Midwest on Thursday, and tornadoes tore through much of the South. The storm is now heading for the East Coast.

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drought
Photo courtesy of http://drought.mt.gov/default.aspx
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Large Area of Montana in Extreme to Severe Drought, Little Indication for Fire Season Severity

Recent maps released by the U.S. Drought Monitor show much of southern Montana in either severe or extreme drought.

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global warming
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Mild Winter? Missoula Has Not Has a Below-Zero Day for Two Years [AUDIO]

Now that spring is officially less than a week away, the National Weather Service has revealed some interesting statistics about the winter of 2012.

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bitterroot river
Ice along the Bitterroot River. (KLYQ Photo)
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Bitterroot River Snowpack and Streamflow are Now Below Average

Now, recreationists and farmers and ranchers are looking at the streamflow forecasts for the valley.

The most recent figures from the USDA Natural Resources and conservation Service (NRCS) show the levels are below average and much below levels last year

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Sgillies, Flickr
Sgillies, Flickr
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Skier Injured in Bridger Peak Avalanche

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A 26-year-old Bozeman man was hospitalized with a leg injury after being caught up in an avalanche south of Bridger Bowl.

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National Weather Service
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Nasty Weather Wreaking Havoc All Over the Country

A particularly harsh, and large, spate of weather has been pummeling much of the Eastern half of the country, with recent incidents affecting residents as far north as Wisconsin and Michigan and all the way down to Georgia and Alabama, even stretching westward into Texas.

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heavy snow
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Heavy Snow Headed For The Bitterroot Area [AUDIO]

A moist weather system will arrive Monday afternoon and drop over a foot of snow on the west slopes of the Bitterroot mountains.

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snowmobilers
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Update – Missing Snowmobilers Found Safe [AUDIO]

Update 12:00 p.m. Monday..

Deputy Bob Parcell says the two missing snowmobilers from Helena were found safely just before noon on Monday not far from Seeley Lake by a helicopter from Kalispell. Parcell says the two men built a fire and stayed put with their snowmobiles overnight, then tried to hike out in the morning. The helicopter picked up the two men who were tired and cold, but uninjured.

Deputy Bob Parcell

Missoula County Search and Rescue was called out at about 10:30 Sunday night to look for two missing snowmobilers in the Seeley Lake area.

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Bitterroot Valley haze
Stagnant air in the valley. (KLYQ Photo)
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Western Montana Inversion Causes Air Quality Warnings

A week of high pressure over the top of the valleys of Western Montana has caused fog, freezing fog and hazy conditions.

The air quality has deteriorated enough that Missoula (the hub of 5 valleys)has issued daily Stage 1 and Stage 2 Air Quality Alerts

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