Chilly Temps Sweep Across Montana

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – With chilly temperatures expected to sweep across the state over the weekend, school marching bands were pulled from the University of Montana’s homecoming parade under threat of frigid weather Saturday.

John Combs, fine arts director for Missoula County Public Schools, says it was difficult to yank hundreds of students from the parade lineup.

But the alternative — kids possibly slipping on ice or getting sick — proved too great to ignore.

Temperatures in parts of western Montana were near zero overnight and a high of 31 degrees expected Saturday.

Further east, temperatures in the Great Falls area were forecast to dip as low as 5 degrees, with meteorologists predicting the worst would be over late Sunday.

The National Weather Service predicted freezing temperatures and snow flurries Saturday and Sunday for most of eastern Montana and northern Wyoming.

In Billings, a high of 25 degrees with a 20 percent chance of snow was forecast.

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