Flathead digs out from winter blast

Print Article

  • Deneb Linton, right, and Felix Ebbett have a friendly snowball fight in Whitefish on Wednesday. Schools in Whitefish, Columbia Falls and West Glacier were canceled Wednesday after a snowstorm hit the area. (Matt Baldwin/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 1

    Deneb Linton, center, is hit with a snowball during a friendly snowball fight with Signe Ebbett, left, and Felix Ebbett, right, in Whitefish on Wednesday. Schools in Whitefish, Columbia Falls and West Glacier were canceled Wednesday after a snowstorm hit the area. (Matt Baldwin/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 2

    Judy Baker, of Kalispell, pulls her son Atticus, 3, to the top of the hill at Lawrence Park on Tuesday, Dec. 19. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • Deneb Linton, right, and Felix Ebbett have a friendly snowball fight in Whitefish on Wednesday. Schools in Whitefish, Columbia Falls and West Glacier were canceled Wednesday after a snowstorm hit the area. (Matt Baldwin/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 1

    Deneb Linton, center, is hit with a snowball during a friendly snowball fight with Signe Ebbett, left, and Felix Ebbett, right, in Whitefish on Wednesday. Schools in Whitefish, Columbia Falls and West Glacier were canceled Wednesday after a snowstorm hit the area. (Matt Baldwin/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 2

    Judy Baker, of Kalispell, pulls her son Atticus, 3, to the top of the hill at Lawrence Park on Tuesday, Dec. 19. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

The Flathead Valley began digging out Wednesday morning following the first major snowstorm of the season.

A few area school districts canceled classes due to treacherous driving conditions on snow and ice-covered roads. Columbia Falls, Whitefish and West Glacier schools all were closed Wednesday.

Snow totals across Northwest Montana were impressive.

Columbia Falls tallied a foot of new snow in the storm, according to the National Weather Service in Missoula, while West Glacier and Hungry Horse had about 17 inches.

Kalispell set a record for the day with 10.4 inches of snow in the 24-hour period, topping the previous record for Dec. 19 of 10 inches set in 1920, according to the Weather Service.

Essex took the brunt of the storm. The tiny mountain town along the southern edge of Glacier National Park tallied 40 inches of new snow.

Other area snow totals included: Eureka with 14 inches, Libby with 14 inches, Polson with 10 inches, Bigfork with 9 inches and Trout Creek with 12 inches.

Following a respite Thursday, more nasty winter weather is expected to blow through the area Friday night and Saturday morning. The National Weather Service is calling for moderate to heavy snowfall with blowing and drifting snow impacting the Flathead Valley. Some wind gusts could create localized “ground blizzards.”

Saturday night could be the coldest of the season with lows dipping below zero. Another shot of snow is predicted for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Print Article

Read More

Justice of Peace: Public defender cites extensive legal background

October 19, 2018 at 9:01 am | Daily Inter Lake William L. Managhan Age: 48 Party: Non-partisan Family: Married with seven children, ages 14 to 25 Education: B.A. in Criminology & J.D., both from University of Montana Occupation: Lawyer, ...

Comments

Read More

Justice of peace: Kalispell lawyer touts substitute judge experience

October 19, 2018 at 9:02 am | Daily Inter Lake Paul Sullivan Age: 37 Party: Nonpartisan Family: Wife: Marybeth Sampsel; children: Effie, 5, Josie, 2, and Dewey, 4 months. Education: Bigfork High School, University of Montana, University of P...

Comments

Read More

Preserving Flathead River might someday require permit system

October 19, 2018 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake One older man who described himself as a fisherman said he first floated the North Fork in 1956. He shook his head. “The task in front of you is insurmountable,” he said. The U.S. Forest Service ...

Comments

Read More

Report ranks UM top university in state

October 19, 2018 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake MISSOULA – The University of Montana is the highest-ranked institution of higher learning in the state, according to the 2019 World University Rankings. Founded in 2004, The Times Higher Education...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 755-7000
727 East Idaho
Kalispell, MT 59901

©2018 Daily Inter Lake Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X