First Big Snow Storm of the Year Hits Montana
The major storm that was predicted to zoom into Montana Tuesday afternoon and evening arrived.
There was a strange icy rain Tuesday morning in Hamilton and the rest of the day was uneventful, until 5 p.m., when everyone was trying to get home or go to the store and then go home. That's when it really began to snow.
For a while, Evaro Hill north of Missoula was closed because it was too icy. Emergency travel was recommended in the Hamilton and Missoula areas most of the night as the snow began to taper off. Then the wind really kicked in. Gusts were over 35 miles an hour in Hamilton. And the temperatures are expected to dive in the next couple of days with highs in the 20s and lows around 1 degree above zero.
I've lived in the Bitterroot quite a while, and it seems a major storm is always ready to come our way during the Thanksgiving week. This year is no exception. Drive carefully! All the passes are reporting fresh snow and every road in western Montana is slick.