Billings Snow Blankets: Impacting the Community Differently

BILLINGS — The biggest snowstorm of the year has brought slippery roads and inches of snow to Billings. Luckily, most schools in Billings already had a day off due to the Presidents Day holiday.

It meant a snowy day for some, but many people, including truckers, were hunkered down inside.

Families took advantage of the snowy Monday to catch some drifts and go sledding at Pioneer Park. The Montgomerys showed up at 10 a.m. despite temperatures in the single digits.

“We almost didn’t come because we thought there might be a hundred people here, but we said we were going to try and there was nobody,” Cara Montgomery said.

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Although the snow was great for sledding, business owners made sure their sidewalks were plowed to prevent slips and falls.

On the other side of town, at the Flying J Travel Plaza, drivers are hunkered down. Pablo Cadenas was driving his truck from Arizona to Butte when he had to stop in Billings because of icy roads.

“I’m going to stop here until the time goes away, yeah,” Cadenas said.

He doesn’t mind stopping until the roads are clear.

“I’m trying to warm up and avoid danger right now,” Cadenas said.

Other drivers, like Ahmed Ahmed of Dallas, decided to stock up and try their luck.

“It’s still bad weather but we have to do it, it’s our life, it’s our daily rhythm, the work we do,” Ahmed said.

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He’s on his way to Kansas City, Missouri with a truckload of fruit.

“If we stop it or close it, no one will reap its rewards,” Ahmed said.

Back at Pioneer Park, the Mongomerys have good reason to be happy. They flee the winter wonderland to Mexico in the morning.

“I’m looking forward to it, but all flights were canceled this morning, so I was checking that out, so hopefully we’ll have an easier time getting out. We’ll see,” Montgomery said.

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