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Friday's winter storm in Billings gets close to becoming record breaking

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Thursday and Friday's two-day snow storm impacts the city of Billings and surrounding areas.

This week's storm was close to becoming record breaking according to the National Weather Service in Billings, but didn't quite take the cake. The record for the most snow depth for Billings Logan International Airport is 32 inches in 1955. Currently, the airport has 20 inches of snow on the ground, 15.6 inches of which fell in the past two days. Before Thursday, the airport already had several inches from previous snowfall. 

The last time the airport had this high of snow depth was in 1978.

Multiple crashes on Montana highways and interstates have caused delays for travelers. For the latest updates on crashes impacting your commute this weekend, please check the Montana Department of Transportation travel map or visit their Facebook page.

ZooMontana announced Friday morning they would be closed Friday and Sunday due to weather conditions. The zoo will reopen Sunday.

Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter announced they would be closing early Friday at 5 p.m. The shelter instructed Billings residents needing assistance to contact Billings Animal Control.

The animal shelter also warned pet owners to keep their pets out of the cold weather over the weekend, saying it's too cold for pets to be outside for an extended period of time.

The Adult Resource Alliance of Yellowstone County says their Christmas party has also been canceled for the first time in over 40 years. The group says Meals on Wheels has been suspended for the day for the safety of volunteers.

Other cancellations this morning include the holiday open house at the Horses Spirits Healing Inc. and the Montana/Dakotas State Office and the Billings Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management. 

Check back here for further cancellations in the Billings and the surrounding communities.

We previously reported this winter storm was record breaking, when in fact the record still holds for 1955 for most snow depth on the ground. The airport has received 15.6 inches over the past two days, not 20 inches as previously reported. We regret the error.

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