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Aug 25, 2014 11:00 AM by Zack Green - Great Falls

Heavy rain, some snow over the weekend for parts of Montana

GREAT FALLS -- With storms rolling through much of north-central Montana on Friday and continuing throughout Saturday and Sunday, many areas throughout the Treasure State got much more than they bargained for.

As we finished last week, Montana had seen a deficit of rainfall, recording below the monthly average by .17".

However, with an upper-level low slowly moving northeast throughout the weekend, showers and storms on Saturday brought record-breaking accumulation and even some August snow.

In Great Falls, 2.87" of rain was recorded, which not only was the greatest 24-hour precipitation amount for an August day, but was also the second-wettest day on record. Even more astonishing than that, it ranked third for 24-hour rainfall amounts in north-central Montana behind Stanford and Lewistown.

With the intense amount of accumulation, flooding concerns also increased over the weekend. The National Weather Service implemented flood watches that expired Sunday afternoon, and flood warnings that remain in effect until Tuesday morning at 11:30am.

A bonus to this storm system was the remarkably cool temperatures for a Montana August. We were reporting temperatures as low as 15° cooler than average, which granted elevated areas the first snow fall of the year.

Among the areas that saw snow on Saturday night and into Sunday were the ski areas at Showdown in Cascade County and Bridger Bowl near Bozeman. Snow totals ranged from one to three inches in those locations, and overnight temperatures dipped into the 30s in some areas. Both areas are at more than 6,000 feet elevation.

Although no snow fell at lower elevations, temperatures for much for much of the region were much colder than average for late August, with many areas seeing high temperatures only in the 40s and lower 50s.

Here are some viewer photos and webcam images of the snow:

From Beatrix Jeanness showing Kings Hill at Showdown ski area:

August snow in Montana

August snow in Montana

From the webcams at Bridger Bowl:

August snow in Montana

August snow in Montana

From the webcams at Showdown ski area:

August snow in Montana

From Darcy Warburton -- snow on the mountain tops at Chico Hot Springs on Sunday morning:

August snow in Montana


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