More subzero temps and snow

Thursday, January 6, 2022
More subzero temps and snow

SNOW CAMO Two deer nestle into snow-ghosted trees and brush recently between Columbus and Absarokee. While one is easy to spot, the second one is barely visible as only its ears and nose can be seen. Photo by Whitney Jacobs

After closing out December at three times the normal snowfall amount, 2022 has kicked off with bitter cold that is expected to last at least a few more days.

The official low on Jan. 1 was 25 degrees below zero and a high of 1 degree, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Jan. 2 saw a low of 24 below and a high of 18. The next two days remained above zero, with Monday, Jan. 3, plunging back down to 8 below with a high of 27. Wednesday’s high was not expected to rise above zero, according to the NWS. Meanwhile, snow depth was at 9 inches Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 6.

By the time Wednesday rolled around this week, the NWS had already issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and a Winter Weather Advisory due to strong winds creating dangerous wind chills and making travel difficult due to blowing and drifting snow.

The Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until Friday at 6 a.m., with significant snowfall expected in the Beartooth/Absaroka Mountains and between 1 and 4 inches locally.

Wind gusts as high as 50 to 60 mph are possible from Nye to Livingston from Thursday night into Friday.

DECEMBER SNOW

Columbus recorded 28.3 inches of snowfall in December 2021. The normal December snowfall for December is 9.2 inches.