Several different areas in Montana have already received their first taste of snow in the higher elevations. Of course, before we know it, snow will be falling in the lower areas as well, and many folks are wondering what's in store for The Treasure State.

Last winter seemed like it went on forever, so what about this winter?  Can we expect more of the same? Will we see lots of snow and freezing temperatures, or can we expect something a little more mild?

Our friends over at The Farmer's Almanac are out with their 2023/2004 Winter predictions, and depending on how you feel about winter you might not be too happy with what they're saying.

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According to the Farmer's Almanac, the 2023/2024 winter season might just pack a bit of a punch here in Montana. However, before we give you the long-range forecast, let's take a look at 8 States That Have A Longer, Harsher Winter Than Montana.

Here's 8 States That Have Longer And Harsher Winters Than Montana

Winter can be brutal here in Montana with lots of wind, snow, and temperatures well below zero. In fact, that alone should be a word of warning for those thinking of moving here from warmer climates.

A lot goes into being prepared to live in a state with rough winters and if you've never done it before, you certainly need to make sure that you are prepared. You need to make sure you have the right tires, vehicle, and winter clothing. Plus, I would highly suggest you learn how to drive in winter conditions before moving to a state that celebrates winter 6 months out of the year.

And while winters can be very rough here in Montana, we don't even crack the Top 5 for States With The Most Brutal Winters.

The Farmer's Almanac states the following regarding the winter forecast for our region:

"Winter in the Great Plains and Rockies will usher in plenty of cold temperatures and occasional bouts of storminess, bringing widespread rains and snows."

In fact, according to the website, many of us in Montana can expect early snowfall with large accumulations in the near future. The Farmer's Almanac is predicting that the first week of October will bring snowfall to the state with severe storms possible in the middle of the month.

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For those born and raised in the state, this won't be a big deal, however, for transplants and those not used to driving in winter conditions, this can be and often is a problem. Here are a few things you need to do to prepare yourself for driving in winter conditions.

  • Make sure you have the appropriate tires on your vehicles
  • Make sure you have a significant amount of gas in your vehicle at all times
  • Make sure that your vehicle's battery can handle extremely cold temperatures
  • Make sure that you have an Emergency Kit in your vehicle at all times
  • Make sure you are driving at a speed that is appropriate for road conditions

Another great tool is to save the Montana Road Conditions website on your smartphone, you can do that by going to 511mt.netYou can also download our radio station app for the latest weather updates. 

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