Flathead Co. hit with 3 to 8 inches of snow overnight


KALISPELL, Mont. - After February brought almost 200 percent of the monthly average snowfall, Flathead County saw between 3 and 8 inches of snow from a winter storm Thursday night and Friday morning.

Some are growing tired of the snow.

Shoveling snow from the front of his business has been a common task for Joshua Harmon this year. Although he admits he loves the first snow, each scoop after that makes him long for spring.

"I wake up in the morning and I'm like, 'Cool, I've got to go shovel up in front of the business now before we open up the shop for the day,'" Harmon said.

He was shoveling away Thursday night's snowfall when we talked to him.

Some locals call this a typical Montana winter, but so far it's been anything but that. Year-to-date totals in the Valley are more than 80 inches, double the annual average.

It had a huge impact on roadways.

"On top of that this morning it started raining very heavily. So we had snow-packed ice with water on top of it, which made driving conditions for the morning commute extremely hazardous," Montana Highway Patrol Captain Duane Bowers said.

Snow, freezing rain and black ice created 17 separate incidents throughout the county Thursday morning including eight slide-offs and seven crashes.

The latest storm has many people like Harmon ready to see the spring.

"It's too late in the year for it to be happening, in my opinion. I know people who ski like it, but I'm kind of sick of it myself," Harmon said.

According to a report from the Montana Department of Agriculture, reservoirs in the Flathead River Basin are 25 percent above average.?