Early Fall Snowstorm Dumps 2+ Feet of Snow on Idaho & Montana

FEATHERVILLE, Idaho, Oct. 5 (UPI) — A snowstorm stretching from Idaho to the Dakotas dumped up to 2 feet of snow created dangerous driving conditions and power outages, officials said Monday.

Snow was expected to blanket the area between the northern Rockies into the High Plains through Monday, and could leave up to another foot of snow in southwest and south-central Montana, eastern Idaho, and northwest Wyoming, AccuWeather.com reported.

Areas west of Featherville, Idaho, already were covered by 2 feet of snow, while many other high peaks in Idaho and Montana received up to a foot or more of the white stuff. Some final snow totals could reach 3 feet, forecasters said.

The heavy, wet, early-season snow created electrical and phone outages in the northern Rockies, weighing down trees onto utility lines, officials said. Fallen trees also littered roads in a few places.

Wind gusts between 40 mph and 50 mph whistled over areas northwest of the storm reducing visibility by blowing snow around, officials warned.

As the storm headed northeast across the Upper Midwest Tuesday, snow was expected to taper off over most areas, AccuWeather.com said. Toward the middle and end of the week, a cold front from Canada could bring snow to parts of the northern Rockies.

Snow showers were expected to end Monday in parts of southeast Oregon and northeastern Nevada.

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