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Early winter storm brings snow to US Rocky Mountains
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Early winter storm brings snow to US Rocky Mountains

BILLINGS — An early winter storm is began bringing the first heavy snowfall of the season to portions of the U.S. Rocky Mountains this week.

The National Weather Service on Monday issued winter storm warnings for large areas of Wyoming and southern Montana. The warnings were in effect through midday Wednesday.

Up to two feet of snow was expected in the Beartooth Mountains near Red Lodge, Montana with temperatures well below freezing.

Forecasters say the Sheridan, Wyoming area can expect up to 18 inches of snow.

Winter weather advisories were issued for portions of Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.

The Billings NWS office warned of deteriorating conditions throughout the region Monday night into Tuesday, including slushy and snowpacked roads coupled with poor visibility.

Colder temperatures are forecast for Billings Tuesday as more snow is expected to accumulate on rapidly cooling ground.

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