Great for ski buffs, Red Lodge often has some of the snowiest days in Eastern Montana in January, while Billings had a record cold snap from mid- to late January in 1969.
Here's a look at some bits of weather history for Jan. 15-21 in Eastern Montana and northeastern Wyoming from the National Weather Service and a record time in Red Lodge:
On Jan. 15: Sheridan tied its record-warmest January temperature at 70 degrees in 1974. The record was first set on Jan. 9, 1953. The 1974 record high came just four days after Jan. 11's high of minus 3.
On Jan. 16: In 1984, Red Lodge was hit with 14.5 inches of snow, while Billings and Columbus received 3 inches; Bridger, 3.5 inches; and Nye, 2 inches.
On Jan. 17: Red Lodge residents had to bundle up as the low slid to minus 38 in 1930. The high, however, climbed to 15 above, the first time that the temperature had been above zero since the Jan. 11. With an average temperature of 5.5 for the month, this was the third-coldest January at Red Lodge, behind 1937 and 1916.
On Jan. 18: In 1980, Red Lodge got 16 inches of snow, while Joliet had 8.5 inches; Columbus, 8; Bridger, 7; and Billings and Livingston, 6.
On Jan. 19: Super-cold was the word for the morning in 1963. Hardin had a temperature of minus 42, while Columbus was at 37 below; Broadus at minus 36; Colstrip and Sheridan at minus 35; Bridger, Joliet and Roundup at minus 33; and Billings at 26 below.
On Jan. 20: In 1969, Billings' high was minus 3, starting a chain of a record 10 consecutive days with a high below zero. The temperature would not rise above freezing until Feb. 3.
In 1954, the morning was beyond brisk, with lows of minus 40 in Colstrip; minus 39 at Roundup; minus 37 at Hardin; minus 36 at Columbus and Miles City; and minus 35 at Broadus. Billings was just a bit warmer at 27 below.
On Jan. 21: Another subzero morning came in 1962 as Columbus recorded a low of 35 below; Livingston was at minus 32; Bridger, Joliet and Roundup were at minus 31; and Billings and Miles City had 25-below readings.