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Winter storm doesn't mark end of Fall in Western Montana

Missoula First Snow
Posted at 9:01 AM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 11:05:19-04

MISSOULA — Whether it came in the form of damaging winds, a heavy, wet snow -- or both, the impacts were felt across the entire area.

Even Missoula hit a high mark for September snow.

“Here, in Missoula, we received 1.7” of snow, and that’s the most snow we’ve ever received in the month of September,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Luke Robinson said.

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While valley totals in our area did not match mid-winter amounts, it did set September records in some spots. The Flathead Valley saw little to no snow accumulation, but Mother Nature left a path of downed trees and power lines along Flathead Lake.

The good news for those who are wondering if our autumn was only five days long, this early winter blast won’t negate the potential of a nice Fall. In fact, temperatures are expected to recover over the next few days.

“Later this week it looks like we could get up into the mid to upper 50s, and next week we could see at normal temperatures,” Robinson told MTN News.

With October average temperatures ranging in the middle 60s to start the month, and lower 50s to end the month, the odds are very high that we still have a good number of nice fall days still to come.