Weekend snowstorm dusts Helena area

Nolan Lister

A weekend snowstorm deposited as much as 5 inches of snow in the Helena Valley and more than a foot of snow in surrounding areas.

National Weather Service Great Falls Forecast Office Meteorologist Ray Greely on Monday said that in areas about 7 miles southwest of Helena, near Park City and Unionville, about 13 inches of snow fell over the course of more than 12 hours between late Saturday and Sunday.

The Marysville area saw about 9 inches of snowfall.

The Helena Regional Airport recorded only trace amounts of snow, but Helena’s neighborhoods of higher elevations received anywhere from an inch to 5 inches of snow.

“The moisture and northerly flow on the backside of this low-pressure system really helped get the snow falling,” Greely said.

He said the snow was drifting and blowing, and the winds over the weekend froze precipitation to power lines, eventually knocking them down.

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