Harsh winters are something you really can't avoid if you live in Montana. One of the coldest temperatures on record in the entire country was right here in the Treasure State. Back in 1954, a temperature of -70 was recorded at Roger's Pass, north of Helena. To this day, this is the coldest temperature on record in the lower 48.

So far this winter, temperatures have been much warmer than usual. We'll most likely see temperatures drop below zero a few times this winter, but throughout Montana's history there have been some extremely harsh winters.

We researched the coldest temperatures in Montana history and here's what we found.

Here are the Top Five Coldest Days in Montana History:

  • January 20, 1954 - Roger's Pass (N. of Helena) is the location of the coldest temperature ever in the United States outside of Alaska. On Jan. 20, 1954 a temperature of -70 was recorded during one of the harshest winters in the history of the Treasure State. This is the coldest temperature on record in the lower 48.
  • February 9th, 1933 - West Yellowstone, MT - Not only is this the 2nd coldest temperature in Montana's history at -66, two of Wyoming's coldest temperatures on record occurred on the same day.
  • February 12, 1905 - Hebgen Dam - Hebgen Dam located near West Yellowstone holds the #3 spot with a frigid temperature of -60 back in 1905.
  • January 12, 1963 - West Yellowstone, MT - Having two out of the top five coldest temperatures on the list. West Yellowstone is one of the coldest places to be during the winter in Montana.
  • February 15, 1936 - Glasgow, MT - Located in Northeastern Montana, Glasgow holds the 5th coldest temperature in the history of the state.

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