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Brutal conditions continue to hit Rocky Mountain Front

Wind driven snow was creating almost zero visibility on U.S. 2 near Browning Tuesday morning- MDT photo (BROWNING)- This is turning out to be another week of brutal conditions on the Rocky Mountain Front. 

And from the look of next week's forecast there doesn't seem to be a lot of relief in sight.

After being hit with more snow late last week, and then temperatures that plunged to more than 20 below to start this week, winds continued to howl all along the Front Tuesday morning. While air temperatures were warmer, the strong winds were creating hazardous driving conditions closing many of the area roads, especially around Browning and East Glacier. 

The Montana Department of Transportation had closed U.S. 2 from the summit of Marias Pass into Browning Tuesday morning after conditions made the route nearly impassable. 

And there's more winter where that came from. Forecasters are predicting cold air will "slump" out of the Arctic again next week, combining with incoming Pacific moisture in a classic "La Nina" pattern, which should bring a good chance for more snow and cold, especially along the front and across North Central Montana. 


Severe cold, more snow, pushing into Montana

More stormy weather is headed for Montana- GNP Lake McDonald webcam(MISSOULA)- It's back to snowy, cold weather for Montana this week, as the state gets another shot of winter weather and cold air pushing south out of Canada.

National Weather Service forecasters say light snow will develop across Western Montana and central Idaho through Monday morning, with areas of heavier snow possible at times, especially in the Bitterroot Valley.

But snow isn't the worst of what's coming.

Forecasters are expecting the most significant push of cold northeast winds since a cold snap pushed temps below zero for the first time in more than two years in Missoula back in early December. Overnight lows will drop into the single digits, and below zero, with cold blustery winds pushing wind chill factors down to dangerous levels on Wednesday morning. 

Temperatures are likely to stay in that range until late in the week, with lows in Kalispell down to -15 on Wednesday night. 

The winds and wind chills will be especially severe east of the Divide. NWS expects snow the first part of the week to be replaced with bitter cold by mid-week. Tuesday night's low in Great Falls is forecast down to -23. 


Cold catches hunters off guard with two fortunate rescues

(MISSOULA)- A hunter who was stranded in the mountains near Clinton Sunday night with no supplies was fortunate to escape uninjured after spending a night out in the cold. 

Missoula County Sheriff's deputies say the hunter got stranded on Wallace Creek without adequate gear, but managed to build a warming fire overnight. He was then able to walk out to a nearby home where he got a ride to the search and rescue camp on Monday morning.  

And in Southwest Montana, a man and his 5-year old daughter were found by searchers after their truck got stuck in a drift at over 7-thousand feet in elevation on Burnt Willow Creek. Authorities say the man was out hunting but had no food, water or chains for his truck when he got stranded. They were found after an extensive ground and air search.


Missoula sets 4th low temp record in 8 days

(MISSOULA)- This is getting to be routine.  

For the fourth time in eight days Missoula has set another cold weather record, with the temperature dropping to a very frigid 20-degrees Tuesday morning. 

That breaks the old mark of 22-degrees that had held since April 23rd, 1968.

Missoula had already set two cold weather records early last week, breaking marks that were set in a very cold April back in 1986. Then again Monday, Missoula's 15-degrees broke the 18-degree record that dated back to 1951. 

This year's cold snap is a drastic difference from last year, when Missoula set the all-time high for April 23rd of 85-degrees during an unusual spell of warm weather. 

Butte was even colder this morning. The National Weather Service says this morning's low of 10-degrees breaks an old record of 15-degrees that also dated back to 1968. Butte also set a cold record maximum temperature when it only warmed up to 31-degrees on Monday.


Temperatures to plunge overnight

Buds like these could freeze the next couple of nights(MISSOULA)- National Weather Service forecasters are expecting temperatures across Western Montana to plunge the next two nights, as a spring cold snap tightens its grip on the Northern Rockies. 

NWS has issued a Freeze Warning for the valleys of Northwest and West Central Montana through Wednesday morning, expecting temps to plunge to record, or near-record lows Tuesday morning and again Wednesday morning. Forecasters say in some cases, lows could drop into the upper teens.

NWS says the big problem is that nights are still fairly long this time of the year, meaning sub-freezing temperatures could persist for as long as 10-hours. That means young plants and budding trees could see severe damage from the cold.

Temperatures are expected to range from 18-to-24 degrees in the Missoula, Bitterroot, Mission, Flathead, and Lower Clark Fork Valleys as well as the Kootenai region of Northwest Montana.