Snow? Cold? It’s a normal Lewistown winter

Snow removal has been non-stop recently, as city, state and private plows attempt to keep up with the storms. This Lewistown City plow was working on Broadway Thursday afternoon.

Photo by Cindy Hall

While the seemingly non-stop snowfall has been the talk of the town this past week, according to the National Weather Service in Great Falls, Lewistown’s winter so far is…absolutely normal.

Despite recent storms, snowfall amounts and cold weather have not added up to any kind of records for the area.

“Lewistown has had a decent amount of snow, but nothing unusual,” said Matt Jackson, meteorologist. “It’s not even in the top 10 winters so far.”

Unofficially, Lewistown has received 43.3 inches of snow, according to Phyllis Hall at the local radio station.

The continued cold weather isn’t anything out of the ordinary, Jackson said.

“It hasn’t been record breaking for cold, either,” he explained “It just has not been that bad or even atypical of a winter.”

Weather Service records show the average temperatures in December were colder than normal by 2.8 degrees but temperatures in January were slightly above average (.6 degrees above normal).

“So far Lewistown has been running below normal for February temperatures, but there is still half a month to go,” Jackson said.

Weekend weather warnings

While perhaps not record setting, the ongoing arctic weather pattern continues into next week, according the Weather Service’s weekly weather briefing on Thursday afternoon.

Most of Central Montana will see multiple rounds of snow from Friday night into Monday morning, accompanied by below zero temperatures.

"It’s not even in the top 10 winters so far.”
- Matt Jackson, National Weather Service

Lewistown could see significant snow starting Saturday afternoon and continuing on until Monday, with potential to drop up to 15 inches overall. “There will not be much break between systems,” Jackson said. “It will also be dangerously cold with wind chill values below zero.” Sunday night into Monday morning could see wind chills dropping into the minus 28 degree range in Lewistown and even lower in the Stanford area. “There will be multiple days with dangerously cold wind chill values across Central Montana,” Jackson said. The eight to 14 day National Weather Service outlook suggests continued below normal temperatures throughout the area.



When do you think the snow will finally be melted in Lewistown?