Predicted brutal cold prompts changes to weekend events

Posted at 12:53 PM, Feb 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 20:13:35-05

HELENA- High temperatures predicted to be below zero Saturday has lead to changes in some weekend events.

KTVH Meteorologists Curtis Grevenitz and Katie Alexander are tracking a surge of cold air that is expect to keep the high temperatures below zero on Saturday, wind chills could make it feel as low as -50.

For that reason Great Divide ski area north of Helena has decided to close Saturday. The resort says it does plan to reopen on Sunday when conditions are expected to improve.

Changes are also being made to the Sweetheart Passion Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics Montana. The annual polar plunge is being moved from Spring Meadow Lake to Robert Allen Nissan. The start time has also been pushed back. Registration begins at noon with the Passion Plunge starting at 1:00 p.m.

This weekend’s Race to the Sky dog sled race is expected to continue as planned. Weather delays during the week have meant organizers have had to push by back the vet check for the dogs to Saturday morning. The 300 mile race vet check will now take place Saturday morning following the vet check for the 100 mile race.

The race will start at 2:00 p.m. at the Hi Country Trading Post.

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