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Re: Current weather?

Postby PeteE » Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:56 pm

Well it ain't looking too good. :x
If the people who live there say the road is bad, it is bad.
This is a GREAT website for news in that area.
http://nfnews.net/nfnewswp/nfnewsinfo/

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Re: Current weather?

Postby scott-atl » Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:55 pm

Y'all be careful
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Re: Current weather?

Postby daveparker » Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:35 pm

dpratt wrote:Only on the Front can you see a temperature swing that quickly. Crazy for sure.

Snowing pretty good over here west of Whitefish. Woke up to another 6" or so, but it is up to 8" now. The drive in on unplowed roads is always an adventure. Speaking of adventure, had to deal with this on my road this morning. Gotta love rural MT living.

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Short video of the commute on Star Meadows this morning after the snow. Sorry, it is a bit shaky.
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Doug,

I know exactly where you are at, when I first moved here about 20 years ago, I was checking things out after the snow started falling in Nov and ended up in the ditch on the side of my Bronco one day when a deer ran out in front of me and had to winch myself out, longest winch pull I have ever done in my life because I was in the ditch on the right hand or south side of the road and the closest tree I could find to anchor to was almost a hundred feet away on the North side of the road, took me almost 3 hours to get myself unstuck and I didn't see another soul that whole time!

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Re: Current weather?

Postby Jay w » Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:48 pm

I hear y'all got some snow. Cool. Doug, I love seeing the chain saw work. Be sure to submit a bill.

Around here, the motorcycles are out and I'm looking at the yard and thinking about firing up the lawnmower as a joke for the neighbors. After my garage, they'd add a note to the "crazy neighbor" file.

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Re: Current weather?

Postby dpratt » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:43 am

Dave - a winch is a good idea. I should probably invest in one of those for the truck. Did you get dug out from the snowy weekend yet?

Jay - I'd love to submit a bill. Since that is a National Forest road, I'll divide the bill up for the American people. Where can I send the invoice for your contribution? :mrgreen:

We definitely got some snow. The closest official measurement to me is Olney, which received 31". I would imagine my place received somewhere around that. We've had a stretch of weather above freezing since then. Most of the snow is already out of the trees and there are plenty of downed trees, branches, etc. to make the snow look "not so fresh" anymore. At my place we've lost a few of inches of snow to melt and settling; in fact I can actually see some gravel in my driveway already. Rain in the forecast for the end of the week, followed by more snow on the weekend.
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Re: Current weather?

Postby daveparker » Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:51 pm

Slowly but surely Doug, this has been one for the books, I can honestly say, wrong time for the starter to go out on the plow truck, but it is par for the course, it does not seem to matter what you do in the fall, it always seems as something goes wrong you didn't think of!

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Re: Current weather?

Postby PeteE » Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:59 am

It seems that Winter and the snow aren't quite over yet.
From the NWS in Missoula...

...For now, those in the West Glacier Region and generally north of
US-2 (especially nearer to the International Border) should
prepare for 12 to 18 inches of snow by Friday afternoon. Travel
on US-2 across much of NW Montana and US-93 north of Kalispell
could be particularly challenging due to snow and blowing snow.
Snowfall amounts in the Flathead and Mission Valley will be highly
variable due to arctic winds, but the potential for 6 to 12
inches does exist....


This is already one of the snowiest winters(as measured on Whitefish Mt) in recent years rivaling the winters of '96 and '08-09.
Good news for the park's glaciers--not so much for us hikers and packers.

If you are planning to hike or backpack in the earlier part of the season, you should keep that growing snowpack in mind.

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Re: Current weather?

Postby PeteE » Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:22 pm

This afternoon's update from the Missoula NWS.

...The moisture feed shifts to northwest Montana on Thursday
afternoon and lingers there through Friday. This moisture will
interact with an arctic airmass coming over the divide. The
combination of arctic air with the moisture plume should cause
hefty snow amounts across northwest Montana. Locations north and
east of a line from Libby to Seeley Lake should receive 6 to 12
inches by Friday afternoon. Areas around Glacier Park could get
up to 18 inches with Marias pass potentially receiving 2 feet of
new snow.
Uncertainty lies on how far into western Montana will
the arctic air intrude. The remainder of the Northern Rockies
appear to receive a rain/snow mix as the area will be in the warm
sector of this disturbance. The higher terrain north central Idaho
and west central Montana should still receive an impactful amount
of snow by Friday. Winter Storm Watches have been issued for the
areas that have the best chance of being impacted by this storm...
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Re: Current weather?

Postby PeteE » Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:57 am

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Missoula MT
754 AM MST Thu Mar 9 2017

MTZ002-003-101500-
/O.CON.KMSO.WS.W.0009.170310T0000Z-170310T1800Z/
754 AM MST Thu Mar 9 2017

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 11 AM MST FRIDAY...

* Impacts/Timing: Snow intensity has tapered off quite a bit
overnight. And while occasional light snow is still to be
expected today, the Advisory is no longer necessary.

* However, heavier snowfall will return to the area late this
afternoon and persist through Friday morning. The combination
of snow and gusty east winds will produce dangerous conditions
tonight into Friday morning. Thus the Winter Storm Watch has
been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning.

* Snow accumulations: Today...Up to 2 inches. Tonight through
Friday...8 to 14 inches with up to 2 feet possible throughout
the higher terrain and over Marias Pass. The main exception
will be across the southern Mission Valley...Ronan southward...
where 2 to 5 inches are likely.

* Locations impacted include: Bad Rock Canyon, Essex, Highway 83
Bigfork to Swan Lake, Marias Pass, Polebridge, Flathead Lake,
Flathead Valley, Mission Valley, and Polson

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Re: Current weather?

Postby dpratt » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:03 am

After a good snow season, we're experiencing a pretty wet April. Rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future. The snow is all but gone in the valley. Looks like the park still has plenty of deeper piles that are melting slowly. although PeteE can speak to that better than I can because he has been there (multiple times) since I have.

It looks like there is still plenty of snow above roughly 4500' in the Salish Mountains. For those not from the area, the Salish Mountains are what you see looking west when you leave the airport heading north on US-2 on your way to the the park. They run roughly from Polson to Eureka. I'm at 3600' and the snow is gone from all but the most shaded of areas. In fact, my grass may need to be mowed in the next week or so. :roll:

Extended Forecast for
West Glacier MT


Today - Rain before noon, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. High near 46. South wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Tonight - Showers. Low around 35. South southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Thursday - Showers. Snow level 3800 feet. High near 46. South southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Thursday Night - Showers. Snow level 4000 feet. Low around 32. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light south southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Friday - Rain and snow showers likely, becoming all rain after noon. Snow level 3500 feet rising to 4300 feet in the afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 47. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Friday Night - A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.
Saturday - A 50 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 51.
Saturday Night - A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.
Sunday - Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.
Sunday Night - Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.
Monday - A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.
Monday Night - A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.
Tuesday - Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.
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Re: Current weather?

Postby PeteE » Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:24 pm

Here's an article from this morning's Daily Interlake.

http://www.dailyinterlake.com/article/2 ... /170429882

Things are melting out down here in the valley, but the snowpack(s) are above average and still accumulating at high elevations.
Accumulating snow in the mountains as I type this post.
Yeah sure, the snow might melt before July...and then again it might not.
Late May/early June snow dumps of a foot or more aren't unheard of.
Early visitors might want to pack traction aides 8)

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Re: Current weather?

Postby dpratt » Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:00 pm

The clouds lifted to expose the top 1/3rd of the Whitefish Range this evening. Fresh snow is covering the trees at around 5000' and above by my estimation. It was a cool, rainy, blustery day.
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Re: Current weather?

Postby PeteE » Mon May 08, 2017 11:28 pm

More snow/rain coming. It ain't over till it's over.

We have this story
http://www.hungryhorsenews.com/article/ ... /170509975
And now this forecast
emphasis is mine
000
FXUS65 KMSO 082049
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
249 PM MDT Mon May 8 2017

.DISCUSSION...Weak high pressure which has brought clear skies to
day will strengthen through Wednesday this week. This will result
in continued sunny skies and increasing temperatures. By Wednesday
high temps in the valleys will be in the upper 70s to near 80.

Warmer air will continue to build over region Thursday under the
strong ridge. Temperatures of at least 80 degrees are anticipated.
However late Thursday afternoon into the evening the ridge will
begin to break down or move east. This will allow an increase in
instability and moisture resulting in a chance for a few
thunderstorms.

FRIDAY looks to be a very active day. The large low pressure off
the coast will move inland. An increase in a moist southerly flow
and instability from that low and an approaching cold front will
trigger thunderstorms across the entire region. The dynamic
support for the expected storms is pretty impressive. It`s quite
possible many of these storms could be strong with gusty winds,
heavy rain and hail. The best timing of storms looks to be in the
afternoon and evening. Showers should persist through Saturday
morning.

A dramatic pattern change to much cooler and wet begins Saturday
and looks to persist through at least the middle of next week.
This overall pattern of a trough over the west will spawn a few
closed low pressure systems through much of next week. These
closed low patterns are pretty conducive for abundant showers and
steady rains at times.
It depends where they set up. Colder than
normal temperatures are also likely, especially with a lot of
cloud cover. High temperatures will likely be at least 10 degrees
below normal if not more. So it is likely that snow levels will
lower and bring snow to the mountains down to around 5000-6000
feet at times this weekend. So if you are going hiking or camping
then listen for the latest updates and plan accordingly.

High temperatures Saturday could easily be 20-30 degrees cooler
than Thursday.


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Re: Current weather?

Postby PeteE » Tue May 16, 2017 6:37 pm

The snow just keeps on a comin'

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Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Missoula MT
114 PM MDT Tue May 16 2017


...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM WEDNESDAY TO 9 AM MDT
THURSDAY ABOVE 4000 FEET FOR MARIAS PASS..
.

The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

* Impacts/Timing: Heavy, wet snow is still expected to develop
across the area late tonight, with the snow levels lowering to
near 4000 feet early Wednesday morning. The heaviest
precipitation is expected to begin after midnight tonight and
continue into the afternoon Wednesday. Heavy wet snow could also
damage trees that have recently leafed.

* The addition of slightly warmer air Wednesday afternoon may
cause the snow level to fluctuate.

* Snow accumulations: 6 to 8 inches, or more is expected for
elevations above 4000 feet in Glacier National Park and Marias
Pass.

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Re: Current weather?

Postby MarxMN » Wed May 17, 2017 4:06 pm

It looks like Two Medicine received that snow from today's web cam picture.

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