Cold enough for you? Montana becomes Alaska in dangerous cold snap
That doesn't mean a few records weren't snapped as well.
In Lincoln, where wind chills topped 60-below early Thursday morning, the mercury plunged to a daily record of -49 before the official mark of 8 am. Seeley Lake and Ovando weren't far behind with an unofficial reading of -41. A weather station in Potomac recorded -49, but that was just after 8 am and will count as Friday's reading.
Bozeman nearly breaks all-time record
In Bozeman, a new daily record of 44-below was recorded early Thursday morning, just two degrees warmer than the city's all-time cold weather record.
By comparison, Missoula was a "balmy" 19-below zero. National Weather Service forecaster Travis Booth explains the lingering winds early in the morning kept the cold air from becoming denser, and still, which would have meant a few more degrees. However, that also pushed the early morning wind chill over -30.
Other unofficial temperatures recorded by the NWS office in Missoula
YANKEE FLAT (DEER LODGE) -43 F
MARIAS PASS -49 F
POLEBRIDGE -46 F
5.9 SW GEORGETOWN (SNOTEL) -41 F
2.7 W GEORGETOWN (MT DOT)
RONAN -32 F
YAAK -37 F
ST. REGIS -27 F
POTOMAC (COOP) -49 F
CLEARWATER -41 F
1.5 S GREENOUGH (MT-MESO) -41 F
FRENCHTOWN -27 F
7.1 N HELMVILLE (MT DOT) -39 F
5.7 SW SKALKAHO PASS (SNOTEL -26 F
STEVENSVILLE (RAWS) -25 F
HOT SPRINGS -34 F
PLAINS -26 F
BUTTE-MOONEY AP -40 F
And temperatures will remain cold on Friday morning, with most locations remaining below zero. But incoming clouds will bring warming temperatures and clouds with a chance of snow.