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Temperatures already breaking records across Montana Sunday morning

Posted at 11:21 AM, Mar 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-03 13:21:44-05

GREAT FALLS — The coldest temperature ever recorded on March 3 in White Sulphur Springs was -23 degrees, in 1976. Early Sunday morning, weather monitors showed a temperature of -29: yet another record broken this winter season.

Record Low Temperature. The GF National Weather Service emailed me (The March 3rd record low at White Sulphur Springs…

Posted by Meagher County Fire/DES on Sunday, March 3, 2019

On Saturday, a spot 25 miles north of Havre proved to be the coldest temperature recorded in the contiguous United States, of -38 degrees.

STORMTracker Weather: 25 miles north of Havre saw the coldest temperature in the contiguous U.S. tonight: -38.

Posted by KRTV Great Falls on Saturday, March 2, 2019

In Great Falls, employees of Northwestern Energy were up bright and early, breaking ice off Black Eagle Dam. A Facebook post from the company Sunday morning detailed that while many other area dams were designed to resist ice accumulation in extreme weather, Black Eagle was not. The company also expressed its gratitude to those employees for “keep[ing] the power on during this cold spell.”

Our dam crew has the unique responsibility of keeping ice off Black Eagle Dam in Great Falls, Mont.While most NorthWestern dams were designed to handle winter ice loading, Black Eagle was not.A huge thank you to all our employees who have kept the power on during this cold spell.

Posted by NorthWestern Energy on Saturday, March 2, 2019

The National Weather Service reported Malmstrom Air Force Base as experiencing -38 at 4:58 a.m. overnight, matching Havre’s coldest national temperature from the previous day. Fort Benton and Great Falls International Airport hit -32 degrees Sunday morning.

With extreme winter weather comes the potential for frostbite, frostnip, and hypothermia. The National Weather Service (NWS) advises protecting oneself against these dangerous, potentially life-threatening conditions by bundling up. NWS urges, when outdoors, to wear a minimum of three layers on top, two on bottom, as well as a hat, gloves, and boots.

MTN News and STORMTracker Weather will continue to provide updates on these freezing, record-setting temperatures as they drop.