Snow Falls in Montana; Iowa Suffers Sunstroke
Undated (AP) _ A foot of new snow was expected by this afternoon in the Montana mountains, while in the southeast corner of the state it was a sweltering 90 degrees.
Elsewhere, Iowa baked under a heat wave that canceled classes in many public schools Friday, and Hurricane Pauline was veering toward Hawaii.
Already 12 to 16 inches of snow had accumulated at Glacier National Park’s highest peaks on Friday, said Rene Morey, park aide at West Glacier. Winds gusting to 30 mph blew the fresh snow, hampering cleanup by road crews.
Cut Bank, Mont., posted a high of 37 degrees Friday, while Broadus, in the southeast, reached 90, the National Weather Service reported.
Rain spread to North Dakota, the Plateau, and the northern and central Pacific Coast. Storms were heavy over central Idaho, with Grangeville getting nearly 2 inches of rain in 24 hours.
Scattered showers also dampened Texas, Florida and New England. Parts of the Northeast were veiled in fog early today.
Several record highs were posted Friday in Iowa, with Cedar Rapids, Burlington and Waterloo each climbing to 102 degrees. The heat was accompanied by humidity that was expected to continue through the early part of the week.
A hurricane watch remained in effect for the island of Hawaii, with 15-foot waves, rain and heavy wind expected from Hurricane Pauline. However, the hurricane’s path was expected to get no closer than 100 miles to Hilo, Hawaii, staying a safe distance away, according to meterologists.
Today’s forecast called for widespread rain across Montana with snow in the northwest mountains. Showers and thundershowers were predicted over Washington, Oregon, Idaho and northern California, as well as the Great Lakes through New England and from Florida across the lower Mississippi Valley and east Texas.
Highs were expected to be only in the 40s across northern Montana, and in the 60s in the southern part of the state as well as in the northern and central pacific Coast, the northern Plateau and eastern New England.
Highs should range in the 90s in the southern Plains and the southern two- thirds of the Atlantic Coast, approaching 100 in the central Plains and mid- Mississippi Valley.
Temperatures around the nation at 3 a.m. EDT ranged from 33 degrees at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls, Mont., to 86 at the Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas.
-East: Atlanta 73 fair; Boston 61 rain; Charleston, S.C. 75 fair; Cincinnati 71 fair; Cleveland 73 fair; Detroit 74 fair; Miami 79 partly cloudy; New York 80 fair; Philadelphia 76 hazy; Pittsburgh 71 hazy; Portland 59 cloudy; Washington 79 hazy.
-Central: Bismarck 55 fair; Chicago 80 fair; Dallas-Fort Worth 79 fair; Denver 66 fair; Des Moines 77 fair; Indianapolis 74 fair; Kansas City 80 fair; Minneapolis-St. Paul 77 partly cloudy; Nashville 73 fair; New Orleans 72 fair; St. Louis 80 fair.
-West: Albuquerque 66 fair; Anchorage 49 fair; Las Vegas 63 fair; Los Angeles 65 fair; Phoenix 77 cloudy; Salt Lake City 69 fair; San Diego 68 fair; San Francisco 62 fair; Seattle 52 showers.
-Canada: Montreal 63 cloudy.