The storm that is hitting Montana is no laughing matter.  Here in the Billings area we've had school closures or delays.

The following school districts in south-central Montana will have late starts or closures Tuesday:

St. Labre, two hour delayed start until 10 a.m.

St. Charles Mission School, two-hour late start until 10 a.m.

Lodge Grass, late start at 10 a.m.

Roundup, late start at 10 a.m.

Forsyth, two hour delayed start

Lavina, no school

Mount Olive Lutheran Preschool and Grade School, no school

Huntley Project, no school

Shepherd, no school

Pioneer Elementary School, no school

Broadview, no school

Snowplows are having difficulty keeping pace with the falling snow in western and central Montana, and additional schools are canceling classes with a winter storm parked over much of the state.

Butte public schools canceled classes Tuesday for the first time in at least 20 years. Buses are getting stuck, and Butte School District No. 1 Superintendent Judy Jonart tells The Montana Standard that the district's snowplows haven't been able to keep up.

Anaconda schools also will be closed on Tuesday, while other school districts plan to delay the start of classes.

A blizzard is causing whiteout conditions in the Bitterroot Valley Monday. Hamilton declared a snow emergency, with up to 18 inches (46 centimeters) is expected to fall there and in Anaconda.


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