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A blizzard covered most of the Treasure State in snow and ice Sunday, but only gave Fallon County a glancing blow.

Northern and central Montana were hit the hardest by the storm which stretched into Monday morning in some places.

Lewistown had 19 inches of snow Sunday, while another location in Hill County had 18 inches. The Great Falls area had between a foot of snow and 18 inches fall over the weekend, while many of the state’s roads and highways were covered in snow and ice.

The storm brought dense fog, rain and freezing rain and dropped the temperatures about 40 degrees between Friday and Sunday.

The storm also brought near hurricane force winds, hitting 71 miles per hour near McAllister.

The storm started Friday in the Pacific Northwest and traveled east into Big Sky country. By Saturday night, road conditions were poor in Montana with visibility near zero in some locations on Interstates 15, 90 and 94, according to the Montana Department of Transportation.

The eastbound storm hit Fallon County Sunday afternoon, bringing fog, snow and reduced visibility.

Ekalaka had the high temperature in the state Sunday with 56 degrees, but the lowest temperature in the state was minus-1 degrees near Dunkirk.

According to weather forecasters in the state, temperatures were predicted to stay cold early in the week, warming up to the mid-40s on Friday and Saturday before turning cold again Sunday with high winds. Then another brief warming trend will bring the temperature to the 40s and 50s later in the week.

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