/Winter storm moves east after dumping up to 4 feet of snow on parts of Montana

Winter storm moves east after dumping up to 4 feet of snow on parts of Montana


After burying Montana with snow, a winter storm is moving east Monday, with flash flooding and a severe weather threat in store for the Great Plains and Midwest.

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Browning, Montana, received a whopping 48 inches of snow.

In Great Falls, Montana, 19.3 inches of snow fell over the last two days, making it the region’s second snowiest two days ever recorded at any time of the year — even for the winter months.

PHOTO: Brihannala Morgan looks over her five-row plot after harvesting the last of what she could from the plants in snow that hit Missoula, Mont., Sept. 29, 2019.Sara Diggins/The Missoulian via AP
Brihannala Morgan looks over her five-row plot after harvesting the last of what she could from the plants in snow that hit Missoula, Mont., Sept. 29, 2019.
PHOTO: Pedestrians make their way along a snow covered street lined with trees that still have their leaves during a fall snowstorm in Helena, Mont., Sept. 29, 2019. Matt Volz/AP
Pedestrians make their way along a snow covered street lined with trees that still have their leaves during a fall snowstorm in Helena, Mont., Sept. 29, 2019.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock declared a winter storm emergency on Sunday, calling the storm “unprecedented.”

“Montanans should heed all warnings from state and local officials, travel safely, and be cautious during this time,” Bullock said in a statement.

For the first time in recorded history, it snowed in Spokane, Washington, on Sept. 28 — which was also the earliest snowfall in nearly 100 years in the city.

Snow also fell in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California around Lake Tahoe, making it look more like December than September.

And winds gusted to 56 mph in Montana, creating blizzard-like conditions.

Now that the winter storm is over, this same storm system will move east, bringing a threat for flooding, flash flooding and severe storms.

Seven states, from New Mexico to Wisconsin, are under flood or flash flood watch. Some areas could see up to a half a foot of rain.

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Flash flood threat
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Heavy rainfall through Wednesday

Meanwhile, it’s the second week in a row of record high temperatures in the South.

On Sunday, record highs of 93 degrees Fahrenheit were reported in Atlanta, with 97 degrees in Birmingham, Alabama, and 98 degrees in Montgomery, Alabama.

With the humidity in the South, it will feel like it’s near 100 degrees on Monday.

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Heat index Monday

This July-like heat will move into the East Coast by Wednesday, and into parts of the Northeast, bringing what could be record highs to New York City, Philadelphia and the District of Columbia.

Temperatures could reach 95 degrees in Washington, D.C., and 89 degrees in New York City on Wednesday.

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Wednesday temperatures.
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