While many places in Montana have already gotten a fair bit of snow in the last few days, there is still more to come. As of this morning, reported snowfall totals were as high as 10 inches in Havre, and multiple other locations reported over 5 inches since Saturday.  This morning, an AIR QUALITY ALERT was issued in Helena lasting until tomorrow morning.  Particulate levels are unhealthy and expected to worsen as the day progresses, so avoid prolonged periods of exercise if you have respiratory or cardiac issues.  Also, northeastern Montana is under a WIND CHILL ADVISORY until 11 am today.  Wind chills got down to 47 degrees below zero in Havre this morning! As for snow the rest of this week, things will clear up this evening, but right behind it is a weak system that will predominantly bring snow to the mountains.  However, Thursday another big round of snow is headed our way that will continue until Friday, with significant snowfall across most of the state.

Stay warm today, everyone!

Katie Alexander

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A proud graduate of the University of Missouri, Katie chose to major in meteorology when a severe winter storm hit her college town, canceling class for almost a week. She was taking an introductory meteorology course and was fascinated learning how and why the storm came through. After college, Katie moved to Madrid, Spain to teach English for a year, enjoying the mild Mediterranean climate. However, Katie is no stranger to severe weather. Growing up in St. Louis, she has seen everything from flash flooding and funnel clouds to extreme thunderstorms and even thundersnow! But even with all of this experience, nothing could prepare her for winter in Montana. Despite the harsh winter, Katie is excited to forecast and learn about mountain weather patterns, and to live in a state with such fantastic mountains and top-notch stargazing. Katie is the meteorologist on Daybreak, every morning at 6.

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