Ho Ho Snow!

6.5 inches by Wednesday morning pumps Columbus above normal amount
Thursday, December 16, 2021
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Another shot of snow and cold hit the region this week, with Columbus waking up 6.5 inches of new snow and hazardous roads Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, Dec. 14, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Winter Weather Advisory calling for 2 to 4 inches of snow to fall between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. That forecast was right on the money for the Columbus area, with the NWS reporting 6.5 inches of new snow in Columbus as of Wednesday morning.

That put December’s snowfall total at 14.6 inches. That is above the normal amount of 4.2 inches for this point in December. That is welcomed news in light of the dry summer and fall that helped lead to two wildfires in November.

It was not good news for those on the roads, with emergency crews responding to multiple accidents throughout the day on various roads.

At Mystic Lake, December snowfall sits at 11 inches, which is up slightly from the normal amount of 10.8 inches for this point in December, according to the NWS.

Snowfall and other information was not available for Rapelje.


An arctic cold front will move through the area late Thursday night, Dec. 16, bringing cold temperatures and light snow. Temperatures will be in the teens and single digits on Friday. Strong winds with gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected from Nye to Livingston from Friday night through Sunday afternoon.


The NWS has issued an interesting set of facts under the title of “Probability of a White Christmas.” It is geared specifically toward Billings, but Stillwater County and Yellowstone County usually share the same weather patterns.

The NWS defines a “White Christmas” as there being an inch of snow on the ground at 5 a.m. on Dec. 25. Since 1934, the area has had 42 out of 87 white Christmases. The last white Christmas occurred in 2017.