National Weather Service issues winter storm warning


KALISPELL, Mont. - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for western Montana, and the Flathead Valley could get between 8 and 14 inches of snow heading into the weekend.

Flathead County Public Works director Dave Prunty said plows will be out at 5:30 a.m. Friday to try and get a handle on the storm.

Prunty also said his team is ready to work well into the weekend if they have to.

With temperatures expected to rise into the 40s, Prunty said Mother Nature could help clear the snow with some of that snow melting off roads.

With almost 79 inches of snow so far this year at Glacier Park International Airport, which is two times the average, we asked Prunty if the busy winter has affected the budget.

"I just looked at it. We planned for a good winter. We've gone through about half of our snow-plowing overtime budget," Prunty said. "We're going to be done here real shortly, so we're in good shape."

According to the Montana Water Supply Outlook Report, the state saw record-breaking snowfall in northern and southern river basins for the month of Febraury.