A couple of times he's needed a snowmobile to reach the ranch homesteaded by his great grandparents where he keeps the cattle.

"Right now I'm waiting for the global warming thing to kick in," he said with a laugh.

Michaels can take the snow, he said. It's the wind and cold temperatures that have made the winter of 2017-18 stand out. In February, the winds howled 50 mph to 80 mph at times.

"But it's Cut Bank," Michaels added. "We've got wind."

The Glacier Wind Farm can be seen from his ranch. A sign next to a penguin in Cut Bank, 15 miles to the south, bills the community as "the coldest spot in the nation."

As dry as it was in the region last fall, Michaels appreciates the moisture despite the severe conditions.

"This is going to be great for grass," he said.

Kari Lewis, a Montana State University extension agent in Glacier County, said ranchers around Browning, Heart Butte, Babb and East Glacier "just keep getting hammered" by storms with the month of February "horrendous" for their operations.

Last year, many farmers didn't plant winter wheat in the fall because of a severe drought.

Now, with the additional moisture, she expects them to plant more pulse crops and spring wheat this spring where they chose not to plant winter wheat last year due to the drought. That could prolong seeding because they will have more acres to plant in the spring, she said.

"I will say farmers will be later getting into the fields than normal due to the amount of snow we have," Lewis said. "But at least there's going to be a fair bit of moisture there which is promising."

Keven Bradley, a wheat farmer near Cut Bank, said the poor condition of the roads has made it more difficult to get grain delivered to elevators in Cut Bank, Sweet Grass and Shelby. Farmers have set delivery periods when they must deliver grain stored in their bins to market, which includes winter deliveries. The biggest hurdle for farmers has been winds causing drifts making roads impassable and grain bins difficult to access.

"This has been one of the tougher ones in quite a while," Bradley said of the winter.