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Wow, 10 days ago...I was basking...

Postby daveparker » Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:23 pm

In the smoke haze and hot temps, wearing shorts and a T-Shirt, now I am sitting here with sweats and a sweatshirt on watching the snow falling down.

There is nothing subtle about living in the Rocky Mountains, one day Summer, next Day, Wham! It is Winter!

Glad to see it, but boy still have a lot of things to get done before Winter actually gets here!
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Re: Wow, 10 days ago...I was basking...

Postby dpratt » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:41 pm

This was a welcome change. I'm ready for cool temps and the beauty that fall brings. Enough of the heat and smoke. We fired up the wood burning stove for the first time since May yesterday. It was chilly in the house!

The rain just started to transition to snow up at the house, but then stopped. I like snow, but I'm not quite ready for it....... yet. :? The higher peaks of the Salish Range are blanketed with white. I'm sure the Whitefish Range is covered as well, but they are hiding in the clouds right now.

Quick video of the very beginning of the transition (<10 seconds).

https://youtu.be/Z4tm3W089Uw
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Re: Wow, 10 days ago...I was basking...

Postby PeteE » Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:50 am

dpratt wrote:This was a welcome change. I'm ready for cool temps and the beauty that fall brings. Enough of the heat and smoke. We fired up the wood burning stove for the first time since May yesterday. It was chilly in the house!

The rain just started to transition to snow up at the house, but then stopped. I like snow, but I'm not quite ready for it....... yet. :? The higher peaks of the Salish Range are blanketed with white. I'm sure the Whitefish Range is covered as well, but they are hiding in the clouds right now.

Quick video of the very beginning of the transition (<10 seconds).

https://youtu.be/Z4tm3W089Uw


Looks like the first week of Winter is gonna be a doozy.
I have a couple inches of new snow this morning.


Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Missoula MT
445 AM MST Tue Dec 19 2017

MTZ003-201145-
/O.CON.KMSO.WS.W.0016.000000T0000Z-171220T1800Z/
Flathead/Mission Valleys-
445 AM MST Tue Dec 19 2017

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST
WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow occurring. The heaviest snow will be
concentrated over the northern and eastern portion of the
Flathead Valley. The Mission Valley and southern end of
Flathead Lake will see periods of light to moderate snow through
Wednesday morning. Travel will be very difficult to impossible
in portions of the Flathead Valley later this morning through
Wednesday morning. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 15 inches,
with localized amounts up to 18 inches on the north and east
portions of the Flathead Valley, are expected.

* WHERE...Northern Flathead Lake, Flathead Valley.

* WHEN...Until 11 AM MST Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for significant reductions in
visibility at times.
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Re: Wow, 10 days ago...I was basking...

Postby dpratt » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:52 am

I had about 5" of wet snow overnight Sunday. Then it rained yesterday and that all froze. Now another 3" on top of the ice this morning and it is coming down hard. Yee haw!
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Re: Wow, 10 days ago...I was basking...

Postby llholmes1948 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:37 am

I see that the Inter Lake says West Glacier got 17 inches of snow.

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Re: Wow, 10 days ago...I was basking...

Postby dpratt » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:07 am

Sounds about right. I have 14" or 15" here, although it is tough to measure because some spots are deeper than others. Lost power and phone Tuesday night at 9:30pm and it didn't come back on until 2:00pm yesterday. There is no cell service at my place, so 4 mile roundtrips to the mailbox included checking emails, etc. at the one spot along the way that sometimes has a signal. Rural living at its finest.

That was the longest I've been without power since living here. Electric service is definitely more reliable here than it was in the Chicago, where outages of several hours seemed the norm.

I wonder how much Marias Pass received. They were predicted to get upwards of 50". :shock:
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Re: Wow, 10 days ago...I was basking...

Postby Pizza Bob » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:10 am

There was a lot of wind with the storm, so while West Glacier may have received 17 inches, there were also drifts much larger than that. Usually the east side gets that wind. Power was out for about 2 hours in the middle of the storm.

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Re: Wow, 10 days ago...I was basking...

Postby PeteE » Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:28 pm

Global Warming has been put on temporary hold.... 8)


435
FXUS65 KMSO 251046
AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
346 AM MST Mon Dec 25 2017

...A VERY WINTRY WEEK AHEAD...

.DISCUSSION...Snow has continued to fall through the night across
north central Idaho, as well as most of west central and
southwest Montana. As a result, many will wake up to a white
Christmas this morning, with snow expected to be light but
persistent through most of the day. The exception will be
northwest Montana, where the least amount of snow is expected (if
any at all). In addition to snow, temperatures this morning will
remain bitterly cold, with daytime highs warming only a few
degrees compared to Sunday. Snow showers will diminish this
evening, giving way to a cold but dry Tuesday for the Northern
Rockies.

Snow will begin to gradually spread across Idaho and Montana
Wednesday as the first wave of moisture pushes through the region.
Models have good agreement, focusing the areas of heaviest
snowfall over North Central Idaho and the Clearwater/Bitterroot
Mountains where 2 to 6 inches of new snow in the valleys will be
accompanied by upwards of a foot in the mountains by Thursday
morning. In fact, weak jet stream energy aloft could even help
permit additional cold air movement across the Continental Divide
into parts of Northwest Montana and potentially add to an already
favorable environment for heavy snow. But these numbers are
expected to only serve as an appetizer to the main storm system
which will begin on Thursday.

All the long range models show a developing "atmospheric snow
river"
that will affect much of the Pacific Northwest (Western
Oregon/Washington), Inland Northwest (Eastern Oregon/Washington &
Western Idaho) and Northern Rockies (North Central Idaho & Western
Montana). This intense moisture feed with Hawaiian origins is
commonly dubbed "the Pineapple Express". Intense snowfall is
expected to begin Thursday night and continue through Saturday
morning, as the combination of this relatively warm and very
moist air mass interacts with a much colder resident air mass over
Idaho and Montana. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour may
be possible at times along the Idaho/Montana border producing very
heavy accumulations throughout the higher terrain. However the
substantial cold air in place throughout the region will
effectively eliminate any downsloping potential, at least early
on, leading to additional accumulations (albeit still lower in
comparison to the terrain) across the valleys. All this being
said, the latest models would support widespread valley
accumulations of 2 to 7 inches with yet another 12 to 18 inches in
the mountains by Friday morning.

On Friday, the weather forecast begins to turn quite a bit more
complex and thus overall confidence is quite a bit lower in the
details. However the overall pattern, supportive of continued
heavy snowfall, remains in place with good confidence. The steady
feed of warmer subtropical moisture will ultimately warm the
atmosphere and cause the snow level to begin rising. However: how
quickly and to what height snow may begin to mix with rain is very
challenging to forecast 5 days in advance. For now, models would
support shifting the focus for heavy snow slowly north with time,
but still producing widespread valley accumulations of 3 to 7
inches from mainly Hamilton north to the Canadian Border.
Meanwhile the mountains will continue to get pummeled with heavy,
dense, wet snowfall on the order of an additional 12 to 20 inches
by Saturday morning.

The atmospheric river influence begins to wane on Saturday, with
a cold front passage shifting the focus to a less persistent, more
convective snowfall regime. By Sunday, it would appear as though
we may get a break from the snow for a few days, with
temperatures returning to near seasonal normals.
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