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Western MT makes quick switch to "winter"

Posted at 8:42 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 22:42:28-04

MISSOULA — Two days after Eastern Montana saw snow, most points west of the Divide are getting the first significant snow of the season. And that's coming just two weeks after we were enjoying near-record temperatures in the 70's.

As it's been forecasting all week, snow began to fall in the higher elevations, such as here along Lolo Creek by mid-afternoon, and before long Missoula, the Flathead and the Bitterroot were seeing at least mixed rain and snow.

In some places it was coming down in full "fatty flakes" as the afternoon drew to a close, catching more than a few local residents by surprise.

And this is just the first sign of a sharp cold snap coming up.