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Record snow fall in Billings on Friday

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It was a record day for snow in Billings on Friday with 8.9 inches, breaking the mark set for Dec. 29 in 2010.

The National Weather Service started measuring snow depths at the airport in 1934.

Over the last few days, it has snowed about about 15 inches in Billings.

"With this particular strom it was interesting,” said Tom Frieders, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Billings.  “We had this cold air move down into Canada, into east of the divide and across much of Montana. With that cold air in place, we actually had a really good fetch of moisture that came across the Pacific. “

Frieders expects no more snow late into next week...but temperatures will continue to be cold.

“Probalby during the new year's eve time, we could be down as much as 15 below outside across Billings,” Frieders said.

The low temperature on Friday was -16 degrees.  The record low for Dec. 29 is -24 degrees in 1968.

High winds, low visibility and drifting caused U.S. Highway 191 to be closed down from Harlowton to Eddie's Corner on Saturday afternoon.

Initial reports from the Montana Department of Transportation described conditions with "zero visibility" but have since been updated to "poor visibility."

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