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Montana After the November Snowstorm

As isn’t unusual for Montana, the huge snowstorm that went through the state sort of fizzled out in some places and dropped snow in others. Except in the highest elevations, the amount of snow that fell wasn’t very significant, which is a little surprising, considering the amount of lead-time and hype that the storm received. 

The following pictures are from public webcams and they are from after the storm went through. In my location, we got only a light dusting of snow and Sunday dawned bright and clear, with lots of sunshine. That wasn’t the case in all locations, but it is also the reason this area is known as the ‘banana belt’ of Montana. Our local weather is usually, though not always, milder than in other areas of the state, like those shown in these 12 images.

Still, the views are beautiful, I think.

Mount Apgar lookout

Not much snow fell along the shores of Lake McDonald, which can be seen from this high vantage point. However, at the elevation of this camera, several inches of snow did fall on the mountaintop.

Bozeman Pass looking east

The area around Bozeman did get some snow, but probably only an inch or two. Still, this view toward the east from Bozeman Pass shows that the road conditions weren't very good when the storm passed.

Bozeman Pass looking west

Here is the view from Bozeman pass, looking the other direction. There isn't a great deal of additional snow as compared to the other set of pictures I shared, but the icicles in the picture give an indication of the temperature. The icicles are hanging from the cover that was erected to protect the webcam.

Lewistown Divide

The Lewistown Divide got more snow and the roads became icier because of this snow storm.

Lewistown Divide, looking the other way

The November storm made the roads on the Lewistown Divide a lot slicker, but it is mostly due to ice and not because of the snow. Personally, I am not fond of driving on roads like this.

Logan Pass looking east

More snow fell on Logan Pass. The view is wonderful, but I don't think I'd want to be out in this without cold-weather gear and at least skis or snowshoes.

Logan Pass view to the south

As snowy and cold as the storm left Logan Pass, it sure made for some marvelous views. This area looks substantially different in the summertime. It is still a beautiful view then, but just different.

Lookout Pass

Here is Lookout Pass, looking west toward Idaho. Notice the depth of the berm of snow on the side of the road to the left. That is the result of the snow being piled up by snowplows as they plowed the road, but the berm is about three feet high and it isn't even December yet.

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

Again, this is Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. Old Faithful isn't in Montana, merely nearby, but it is clear that additional snow fell here from the storm. Notice the plume of steam rising almost straight up from the geyser. This tells me that at the time of the image, the air was almost still.

In all, the big November snowstorm wasn't so big after all. There will no doubt be other, far more intense storms. Regardless, winter has come to Montana. Will we have a White Christmas? That remains to be seen, but I'd say that there is an excellent chance that we will.

Apgar Mountain view toward the west

Again, this beautiful view shows that most of the snow fell at the higher elevations.

What do you think?

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Written by Rex Trulove

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  1. Thank you for bringing me down to earth and letting me see how things should really look in November. I recently went for a walk and felt like Alice down the rabbit hole. A warm sunny day and a Christmas tree decorated surrounded by palm trees here in Florida.

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