The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council posted the following message on Facebook on Monday morning:
BLACKFEET TRIBE DISASTER AND EMERGENCY SERVICES-MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018
ATTENTION FOR RESIDENTS OF THE BLACKFEET RESERVATION
HWY 89 SOUTH FROM FAIRFIELD TO BROWNING IS CLOSED
ALL ROUTES AND CUT ACROSS ROADS ON THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE RESERVATION ARE ALSO CLOSED AT THIS TIME.
ROUTE 8 IS PARTIALLY OPEN
THEY ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THE WATER SITUATION IN HEART BUTTE.
IF YOU ARE OR GET STRANDED IN BROWNING, THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS IS PROVIDING AN EMERGENCY SHELTER AT THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ANNEX. YOU MAY CALL 338-3900.
PLEASE BE SAFE AND DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH DRIFTS. THE SNOW IS PACKING AND MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR PLOWS TO WORK WHERE PEOPLE ARE STUCK.
WE ARE WORKING TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITIES TO GET ROUTES OPEN
THE MAIN PRIORITY FOR PLOWS IS TO TRY AND CLEAR THE MAIN ROADS AND STREETS. COOPERATION FROM THE PUBLIC WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. PLOWS WILL BE WORKING TO KEEP THESE ROUTES OPEN AND CONCENTRATE ON THE EMERGENCY PLOWING. IF YOU NEED TO GET PLOWED OUT TO GET BACK INTO YOUR HOME, YOU MAY HAVE TO HIRE A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR. WE ARE STILL TRYING TO ASSIST THOSE THAT ARE IN MOST NEED AND MEET THE EMERGENCY REQUIREMENTS.
Although winds diminished significantly overnight last night, and will continue to be calm today, they will start to ramp up once again overnight. The main concern once again will be along the Rocky Mountain Front, where we can see gusts up to 50 mph at times. You know the deal, with windy conditions, we can expect more blowing and drifting snow.
The blowing and drifting snow will cause visibilities to be significantly reduced at times, making for hazardous travel.
A Winter Storm Watch will go into effect this evening for the Northern and Southern Rocky Mountain Front as well as Eastern Glacier County and ending on Wednesday. Blizzard conditions are likely during this Winter Storm Watch and could possibly be upgraded to a Blizzard Warning once again.
Over the weekend, we experienced blizzard conditions and some people said they had to crawl through the snow to get out of their houses. Snow drifted as high as some Montanans' roofs.
The remainder of the week will see continued below average temperatures and breezy conditions for much of the region, with some snow expected over the mountains but remaining mostly dry at lower elevations.
The next chance of widespread snow will be Friday into Friday night but as of now snow amounts will be low.
The STORMTracker weather team will keep you updated on the latest conditions throughout these blizzard conditions tonight into Wednesday. Many roads still remain closed from this past weekend.