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Snow skyline

The Billings skyline is framed by snow covered tree branches on the Rimrocks on Friday morning.

Two different sources of moisture that appeared on track to fuel a sizable snowstorm over Billings ended up tracking to the north and south of the city, resulting in just 0.4 inches of snowfall accumulation by Friday morning.

Forecasts earlier in the week showed a chance of up to 9 inches. 

With less than half an inch of new snowfall, Billings is currently tied with the 2013-2014 season for the all-time record of 103.5 inches of snowfall accumulation. 

That measurement was taken at 7 a.m. NWS Billings typically gets a report on official daily snowfall after midnight. It's possible just a touch more snow fell.

Initial forecasts showed high snowfall totals because the winter storm appeared on track to generate snow from both Pacific moisture and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, said Todd Chambers, a meteorologist with NWS Billings. 

Pacific moisture typically moves at about 10,000 feet, and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is below 10,000 feet. Neither source of moisture ended up tracking over Billings. 

"That's not an unusual thing with some of these storms," Chambers said. 

To the north, Roundup got about 7 inches, with 10 inches toward Melstone. To the south, Red Lodge recorded around 3 inches, with a foot of snow in the Beartooth Mountains. 

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Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.