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By Jean Pocha
Pathfinder Staff 

Arctic blast swoops through Montana


January 5, 2023

Jean Pocha, Pathfinder

A chilly sunrise during the high pressure system cold blast into the Blackfoot Valley.

What was going on last week with that crazy cold weather? Was it an Alberta Clipper, Bomb Cyclone, Winter Storm Elliot?

A record low temperature on December 22 of -48 degrees in Potomac and the third coldest day since 1959 recorded at Lindbergh Lake had people scrambling for extra layers, more firewood and wondering how the outside animals could handle it.

Satellite reports from the National Weather Service (NWS) showed -53 over the ponds along Hwy 200 east of Ovando.

"December 22 was -35 at the weather station near Lindbergh Lake," said Marty Kux, volunteer weather observer with the Nation...

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