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Postby elscout198 » Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:26 pm

Heavy rain and snow above 6,500 feet anticipated tonight through Thursday in and around Glacier National Park. Please be prepared for inclement weather if visiting the park this week. (JUNE 16, 2014)

Precipitation will be mainly rain over Marias Pass; however, a mix of rain and snow is possible Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Heavy snow will cause hazardous outdoor travel and recreation conditions across the higher elevations. Additionally, flooding of streams and creeks, and mudslides and debris flows will be possible in mountains areas as periods of heavy rain are expected with some areas potentially receiving in excess of 4 to 5 inches of precipitation

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Re: Summer snow?

Postby poky5mom » Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:42 pm

We are in line for crazy thunderstorms & tornadoes today & tomorrow - our temp just dropped from 83 to 67 - twin tornadoes hit a town in Nebraska - our sirens have gone off - sounds like the same thing for tomorrow - I would rather have snow!
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Re: Summer snow?

Postby Stmarypete » Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:21 pm

Good news, Summer starts next week.
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Re: Summer snow?

Postby Ear Mountain » Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:02 pm

elscout198 wrote:Heavy rain and snow above 6,500 feet anticipated tonight through Thursday in and around Glacier National Park. Please be prepared for inclement weather if visiting the park this week. (JUNE 16, 2014)

Precipitation will be mainly rain over Marias Pass; however, a mix of rain and snow is possible Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Heavy snow will cause hazardous outdoor travel and recreation conditions across the higher elevations. Additionally, flooding of streams and creeks, and mudslides and debris flows will be possible in mountains areas as periods of heavy rain are expected with some areas potentially receiving in excess of 4 to 5 inches of precipitation

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This would not be summer snow. Despite what the rest of the country is experiencing summer has not yet come to Montana. Officially summer arrives next week but in reality Montana's summer begins around the Fourth of July. The forecast snow will be just one more spring snow storm. :roll:

With regards to summer snow, yes it does happen. I've been snowed on in every month of the year in Montana. When visitors ask me what to bring for clothes I always tell them winter in never more than a day or two away.
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Re: Summer snow?

Postby Littlejohn Dsgn » Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:21 am

Glacier seams to get the same weather we get here in Portland just a day or two later. We just got slammed with rain yesterday, Portland has a combined sewage / runoff system that overflowed into the Willamete river :shock: and people wonder why we dont take our boat out of the Columbia and into the Willamete.

Waiting for July 4th to hit here as well, as that is when our summer starts.
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Re: Summer snow?

Postby elscout198 » Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:56 pm

Littlejohn Dsgn wrote:Glacier seams to get the same weather we get here in Portland just a day or two later. We just got slammed with rain yesterday, Portland has a combined sewage / runoff system that overflowed into the Willamete river :shock: and people wonder why we dont take our boat out of the Columbia and into the Willamete.

Waiting for July 4th to hit here as well, as that is when our summer starts.


One who lives in Texas where summer seems to have started in April this year (except for a few really odd days) forgets Glacier is way North :oops:
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Re: Summer snow?

Postby daveparker » Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:38 pm

I am sitting here watching a rain and snow mix, I never forget that Glacier is Far North.

LOL

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Re: Summer snow?

Postby daveparker » Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:14 pm

Well the rain an snow mix has now turned in to a heavy wet snow, so in the AM will be interesting, the last time this happened, I was taking pictures of humming birds with an inch of snow on their heads while they were sitting on the feeders! Man I love Montana!

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Re: Summer snow?

Postby llholmes1948 » Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:18 pm

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Re: Summer snow?

Postby Jen » Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:47 am

I heard there might be 3 feet of fresh snow at Logan Pass. :)
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Re: Summer snow?

Postby Jay w » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:15 am

I wish I was out there for this, but maybe not in a tent. I also want to see a fall storm on Lake Superior.

Cool beans.

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Re: Summer snow?

Postby scott-atl » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:14 am

really tough on the folks camping and hiking. been there, done that in glacier. hiked up stony indian pass, the trail was a river.
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Re: Summer snow?

Postby daveparker » Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:02 pm

Jay w wrote:I wish I was out there for this, but maybe not in a tent. I also want to see a fall storm on Lake Superior.

Cool beans.

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No you don't Jay, it is not a pretty picture right now, really messy right now, been a while since we went through this.
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Re: Summer snow?

Postby pitamakan » Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:31 pm

The latest e-mail from the park's public relations office:

Just a quick update on what's happening at the park as it relates to weather-

St. Mary Campground Closed due to standing and running water, and debris from Wild Creek and other run-off water. There were approximately 10 campers at the St. Mary Campground last night, and all left this morning on their own, prior to campground closure.

Access to the Kintla Lake area closed at the head of Big Prairie - 7 miles north of the Polebridge Entrance in the North Fork District of the park. Travel in the North Fork area of Glacier National Park is not advised at this time. There is standing water in several areas.

Red Eagle Lake Trailhead, near the 1913 Historic Ranger Station near St. Mary is closed.

Sand bags were deployed in the administrative area of St. Mary on the east side of Glacier National Park, responding to rising/flooding Divide Creek.

Pre-evacuation planning underway for the St. Mary area of National Park Service administrative and housing areas (approx 30-40 people), and for the Many Glacier Hotel area. No evacuations have been initiated at this time!

No work is being conducted on plowing the Going-to-the-Sun Road at this time. Crews moved plowing equipment to lower locations yesterday as snow began to fall and more snow was predicted.

NPS employees are at Sperry Chalet conducting seasonal preparation activities and report 14-16 inches of snow since Tuesday morning. It was snowing again this morning at Sperry Chalet. Sperry Chalet is located on the west side of the park, near the Continental Divde.

Park personnel continue to montitor and access the situation across the park, making preparations in the event of any evacuations and staging equipment to respond as needed. Park personnel are in regular communication with the National Weather Service. All visitors are encouraged to use caution during this time of increased mositure.
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Re: Summer snow?

Postby pitamakan » Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:41 pm

The park also sent along a couple of photos that were taken at Sperry Chalet this morning:

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