Ed's Almanac

Nov 26, 2012 4:46 PM by Ed McIntosh Q2 Weather Center

Ed's Almanac: Snowfall totals varied widely along a narrow band

Snowfall in our area Sunday was anything by spread evenly across the region. The bulk of the accumulation came along narrow generally north to south bands that extended from a line from around Lewistown trough Billings, and down to Sheridan, Wyoming. But, even there, the amounts varied within a short distance.

Billings picked up 3.2 inches officially at Billings Logan Field, and 3.3 inches at the National Weather Service office on the west end of Billings. By contrast, only 1.8 inches was measured in the Briarwood area, just 5 miles south of Billings, and 1.7 and 1.5 inches around Huntley and Acton respectively.

Similarly, reports ranged from an inch to 6 inches within a two mile radius of Red Lodge. Other areas with higher reported totals were 3 to 4 inches in the Fishtail area, and 5.5 inches from Sheridan, Wyoming.

The Cole Creek area, near Red Lodge Mountain Resort, had 6 inches of new snowfall. The area near Burgess Junction, Wyoming in the Big Horn Mountains, sent in a report of 8.2 inches.

Conditions will warm steadily over the next couple of days, and all but the high elevation snow will melt. No additional rain or snowfall is expected in the lower elevations through the weekend.


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