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Powerful winter storm leads to school closures along the Rocky Mountain Front

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Posted at 7:01 PM, Sep 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 19:36:21-04

GREAT FALLS — Governor Steve Bullock declared an emergency in Montana on Sunday, citing the state's "severe early season storm." The Governor's Office said in a press release the hardest-hit areas are Cascade, Flathead, Glacier, Lake, Lewis & Clark, Lincoln, Pondera, and Teton counties and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

The Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Glacier County, and Pondera County have issued local emergency declarations.

Browning:
Browning Public Schools
Blackfeet Community College
Blackfeet Tribal Offices
Blackfeet Community Hospital: except for the Emergency Room & Ward which shall remain open.

The American Red Cross of Montana has opened a shelter at the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish, 237 1st Avenue NW, in Browning.

Heart Butte:
Heart Butte Clinic

Cut Bank:
Cut Bank Public Schools

Fairfield:
Fairfield Public Schools
*Fairfield is expected to resume classes on Oct. 1st.

Choteau:
Choteau Public Schools

Shelby:
Shelby Public School District

Dutton:
Dutton Schools

Conrad:
Conrad Schools

Valier:
Valier Schools

More than three feet of snow has fallen since Friday night in some areas, particularly along the Rocky Mountain Front and in several communities to the east, including Browning, East Glacier, and Heart Butte. More than a foot of snow has fallen in many other towns, including Choteau and Great Falls.