Updated: Thursday 1/6/21 at 9:40 PM

Kids today have it so easy. They'll never know the pain of watching the information scroll across the bottom of a tv screen to find out if school has been delayed or closed because of the snow. Back in the day, it was a lesson in patience that you would eagerly participate in while hoping the result would be the ultimate prize of no school for the day! Oh man, it was the worst if you weren't paying attention and you missed your school's name. You would have to start over and sit through it all again! But the days of having a computer in the palm of your hand means instant information when it comes to school closures. The times may have changed but the result of a snow day is the same, a bonus day of sweet freedom!

Photo: Ryan Nelson
Photo: Ryan Nelson

It just keeps snowing!

It's been a crazy couple of days when it comes to snow in western Montana. I grew up in Seattle and everybody is a weenie there when it comes to the white stuff. To be fair, we didn't get crazy snow days very often. But if we ever had as much snow as Missoula had this morning, school would have for sure been canceled. With today's additional snowfall I've been keeping my eye on the list of school closures to see if Missoula County Public Schools would make an early announcement about the plans for Friday.

My daughter has never had a snow day for school and she's been pretty excited about the idea of being able to stay home. I'm secretly rooting for the district to throw in the towel, close for Friday, and let everyone have a three-day weekend.

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No word on MCPS at the time of writing this but there are plenty of other closures

Poke around the website of any local news station and you'll see the latest details about what schools are closed and delayed for Friday. The list of schools below is from KPAX.


  • Corvallis Schools
  • Hamilton School District
  • Lone Rock School
  • Olney-Bissell
  • St. Ignatius Schools
  • Stevensville School District
  • Superior School District
  • Valley Christian
  • West Glacier
  • Thompson Falls
  • St. Regis
  • Woodman Elementary
  • Sunset School
  • Missoula International School
  • Florence-Carlton Schools
  • Darby


  • West Valley late start 9:00 a.m.
  • Dixon School will have a two-hour delay. The bus will run a normal route with students arriving at 10:10 a.m.
  • Missoula Catholic Schools- St. Joseph School, Early Childhood program, and Loyola Sacred Heart High School will have a late start of 10 a.m.

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Montana's Museum Of The Rockies Is For Everyone! Check It Out

Museum of the Rockies is nestled right next to Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman. The Museum is part of the American Alliance of Museums, which means that the Museum of the Rockies is one of the 1,095 museums to hold this distinction. With over 33,000 museums nationwide, this is quite an accomplishment. 

The Museum of the Rockies is also part of the Montana Dinosaur Trail. What is that? It is a trail that runs through the state of Montana and has 14 locations. Each location will get you just a little closer to the history and knowledge of Dinosaurs.  

Museum of the Rockies has current and rotating exhibits. Currently, (December 2021) here are some of my favorites that are on display: Siebel Dinosaur Complex, Welcome to Yellowstone Country, which digs into the history of Montana, Enduring Peoples Exhibit, highlighting the American Indians of Montana, and the Paugh Exhibit, illuminating the stories that connect us with the Northern Colorado Rockies. You can see all the exhibits here to make planning your trip easier.

Museum of the Rockies is an independent 501 Non-Profit here in Bozeman. With that being said, they hold some of the most exquisite benefits throughout the year. This gives the museum the opportunity to continue to be a highlight for the city of Bozeman. Another way to continue the success of the Museum of the Rockies is to become a member.

If you are considering donating to the Museum of the Rockies, you can check it out here and decide which program works best for you. Help Bozeman keep this amazing learning tool open and available to everyone. Enjoy your time at the Museum of the Rockies.

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