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First Blizzard of the Season Breaks October Snow Record in Havre, Montana;

•, By Chris Dolce

The first blizzard of the season resulted in widespread power outages and downed trees in parts of Montana. Treacherous travel conditions and additional power outages were also observed across other portions of the northern and central Rockies as an early-season snowstorm swept through the region.

Unlike the snow the Rockies experienced in September, this storm had a greater impact since valley locations were also affected, in addition to typical mountain areas.

Havre, Montana, had seen 13 inches of heavy, wet snow as of late Tuesday afternoon, which set a new record for heaviest two-day October snowfall total at the Havre City-County Airport. The previous two-day October record was 12.6 inches, which was set in 1898.

Many large tree branches were downed, and all of Havre was without power, the Hill County Sheriff reported around 10 p.m. MDT Monday.

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