(Helena) Spring storms are some of the strongest and wettest systems to hit Montana, and this past storm did not disappoint as it set several rain and snow records.
Heavy wet snow snarled traffic, and even shut down some highways for awhile on Friday. The heavy snow weighed down trees and power lines, knocking out power to thousands.
Three days after the storm, nearly 300 people are still without power. Snow totals ranged from a few inches in the plains and valleys, and up to 20′ in the mountains. Liquid snow equivalent and rainfall ranged from over a half an inch up to over 2 inches!
The snow had a very high water content, making it heavy and slushy.
Not only was this storm the strongest so far this year, but it also broke some historic records. Great Falls set a record on Friday with nearly 7 inches of snow. Meanwhile, up in Havre, it was more wet than white. In 24 hours, hi-line town received 2.02′ of rain. This is the most rainfall in 24 hours ever record in the month of April, and broke the old record that was set back in 1882. Billings also broke a record for rain and that was set recently in 2009.
Oddly enough, on Monday morning, Great Falls set a record level high pressure for the day. This high pressure helped feed the storm, but provided enough sinking air to prohibit any cloud formation Sunday, making for the beautiful weekend weather.