GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — National Weather Service meteorologists say snowfall in Montana has broken a 35-year-old record.

Great Falls Tribune reported Sunday that more than 31 inches of snow has been recorded in Great Falls in September and October.

Scientists say the amount of snowfall sets a record for the timeframe beginning July 1, the previous record was 18.1 inches in 1984.

Meteorologists say that is more than half of the 60 inches that routinely falls during an entire snow season.

Meteorologists say snow is expected to continue with record-breaking cold through mid-November.

Scientists say the average temperature in October has been 40.3 degrees about 5.9 degrees below normal.

Scientists say residents should be prepared as current weather continues to behave more like December or January.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com