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Winter has finally arrived

Postby dpratt » Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:20 am

It's been snowing on/off for the last few days. Not a lot of accumulation, but at least snow is starting to accumulate. Lots more to come based on the current forecast, which calls for a decent amount of snow over the weekend into Monday morning, followed by a few days of cold weather. Here we go!

Photo taken this morning west of Whitefish.

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The forecast for Whitefish.

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST THIS
MORNING...
...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MISSOULA HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM
8 PM THIS EVENING TO 11 AM MST SATURDAY. A WINTER STORM WATCH HAS
ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS WINTER STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM
SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS/TIMING: LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WILL CAUSE PERIODS OF
REDUCED VISIBILITY AND SLICK SNOW-COVERED ROADS THROUGH THIS
MORNING. SNOW WILL RETURN FOR TONIGHT AND THE COMBINATION OF
ACCUMULATING SNOW, WIND, AND QUICKLY DROPPING TEMPERATURES HAS
THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS SUNDAY
EVENING THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS BY THIS MORNING: 1 TO 2 INCHES IN VALLEYS. 3
TO 4 INCHES FOR MOUNTAIN PASSES SUCH AS LOOKOUT AND MARIAS.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY: 3 TO 7 INCHES IN
VALLEYS, 10 TO 14 INCHES FOR MOUNTAINS AND PASSES.

* WINDS: GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS WITH THE COLD FRONT SUNDAY
EVENING.
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Re: Winter has finally arrived

Postby daveparker » Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:01 pm

Boy did we get blasted overnight, hell this is the earliest I have ever had to plow! Yikes, 10 inches overnight!

Winter is here early boys and girls!

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Re: Winter has finally arrived

Postby dpratt » Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:32 pm

Wow! You got hammered down there. I only have maybe 4-5 inches by me total, including what came down Friday and yesterday. Not enough to even use the snow blower.
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Re: Winter has finally arrived

Postby PeteE » Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:14 pm

Y'all are lucky.
We got maybe 2" here in town, then it warmed up and even rained briefly.
Temps are falling. I just walked back from 2nd Street Pizza and everything is freezing up.
It'll be a icy mess in some places in the AM :(
My lil snow blower I keep at the WF joint started on the first crank today. :mrgreen:
Bring it on!

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Re: Winter has finally arrived

Postby dpratt » Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:52 am

We got another 4"-5" overnight, which was a welcome surprise. Star Meadows wasn't plowed all weekend, so I drove to work in a good 6"-8" of snow. Farm-to-Market and 93 were plowed and snow-packed.

I'm loving all the snow, although now we have a few days of cold to contend with.

View from work this morning.

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Re: Winter has finally arrived

Postby Ear Mountain » Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:01 pm

'Bout time, I say. Let's go ski!
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Re: Winter has finally arrived

Postby PeteE » Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:32 pm

We got a little snow in town. The mountains look beautiful. Took this on the way to work this morning. Whitefish Mtn. ski slopes on far left.
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Taken this afternoon from Rose Crossing on my way to the park. Columbia Mtn. on the far right. Teakettle under the long low cloud, and a view into the park between. Apgar and Whitefish mountains extending to the left
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After being out briefly today and then reading this afternoon's forecast...
I think "Winter" has arrived! 8)
Yeeeeeehhhawwwwwwww :mrgreen:


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AFDMSO

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
334 PM MST Tue Dec 6 2016

...LAKE EFFECT SNOW TONIGHT SOUTH OF FLATHEAD LAKE...
...SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM COMING STARTING THURSDAY THROUGH
SATURDAY MORNING...

.DISCUSSION...Wind chills will be an impact again tonight, but as
winds subside tomorrow morning those advisories will expire. Along
with wind chills tonight, expect continued problems with spray and
icing from the lake, as significant icing has already been
observed in Polson.

On the south end of Flathead Lake, lake effect snow is a concern
for tonight and tomorrow, and an advisory has been issued to
highlight this potential. Convective clouds were observed via
satellite today on the south end of the lake, but the strong winds
across the lake today prevented it from organizing into a snow
band. As the winds decrease tonight and tomorrow morning, the cold
air will remain over the warm lake and convection will be able to
organize setting up a snow band. Polson is the most likely area
to be affected, and the band may waver back and forth between Big
Arm and Finley point. One to three inches of snow is likely in a
narrow band, maybe as narrow as 2 miles wide south of the lake,
but much more is possible.

A relatively warm, moist air mass will begin moving into the
Northern Rockies on Thursday and interact with cold arctic air
entrenched throughout the region. The result will be a prime
environment for snow production across all elevations. Right now
we`re expecting one to two FEET of snow throughout the higher
terrain of the Clearwater and Bitterroot Mountains along the
Montana/Idaho border, with locally higher amounts quite possible.
Travelers over Lookout, Lolo and Lost Trail Passes should be
prepared for heavy snow.

But potentially more troublesome than these total amounts will be
the intense snowfall rates of 2+ inches per hour possible at
times early Friday morning through Friday evening. Periods of
extremely low visibility along with quickly accumulating snowfall
will make travel very challenging over mountain passes. The lower
valleys throughout the Lower Clark Fork Region, Clearwater &
Idaho County in Idaho should prepare for 6 to 12 inches of
snowfall through Saturday morning. As such we have issued a Winter
Storm Watch to highlight the potential for significant public
impacts. Additional Watches and Advisories are likely to come for
the rest of Western Montana that may include Missoula and
Kalispell. So stay tuned for further details as we continue to
analyze the data!

Thereafter the pattern remains cold and snowy with convective snow
showers/bands possible Saturday afternoon through Sunday.
Additional snowfall accumulations are likely during this time,
but probably more localized. Sunday evening models are showing
increasing consistency towards an additional push of warm, moist
air over not just the cold air in place, but interacting with yet
another arctic push into the Northern Rockies. This next arctic
could be even colder and longer lasting than the present
conditions with very heavy snow developing along the arctic cold
front. So it sure looks like the cold, snowy conditions are here
to stay for at least the next week and quite likely beyond!

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Re: Winter has finally arrived

Postby dpratt » Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:02 am

During my commute this morning the truck thermometer read -13 degrees in the Logan Creek watershed. -10 here at work.

Chilly, to say the least. Although it just doesn't feel as cold as it did in the Midwest. I remember my last winter there we had one day where the HIGH for the day was -17, with a stiff westerly wind. I don't miss that.
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Re: Winter has finally arrived

Postby PeteE » Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:12 pm

We got 3-4 inches of very light powder here in WF Friday night.
I suspect the skiers and boarders on WF mountain will love today and Sunday.
Monday, not so much. The snow will be good but temps and wind will be pretty bad.

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Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MISSOULA MT
234 PM MST SAT DEC 10 2016

MTZ002-003-112200-
/O.NEW.KMSO.WS.A.0006.161212T0600Z-161213T0300Z/
234 PM MST SAT DEC 10 2016

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY EVENING...

* IMPACTS/TIMING: ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE SURGE OF ARCTIC AIR WILL POUR
ACROSS THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AND INTO THE NORTHERN ROCKIES
MONDAY. THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS, FRESHLY FALLEN SNOW AND
PERIODS OF ADDITIONAL HEAVY SNOW ALONG THE ARCTIC BOUNDARY COULD
LEAD TO DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS MONDAY, ESPECIALLY DURING
THE MORNING HOURS.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: AN ADDITIONAL 3 TO 7 INCHES THROUGHOUT THE
VALLEYS WITH UP TO ANOTHER FOOT THROUGHOUT THE HIGHER TERRAIN.

* WINDS: STEADY NORTH TO EAST WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH WINDS WILL BE
DEVELOPING AS THE ARCTIC BOUNDARY PUSHES ACROSS THE CONTINENTAL
DIVIDE. FREQUENT GUSTS TO 40 MPH ARE POSSIBLE WITH OCCASIONAL
GUSTS TO NEAR 50 MPH ALONG US-2 AND THROUGH BAD ROCK CANYON.

* 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: Winter has finally arrived

Postby dpratt » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:23 am

We had about 5" overnight Friday and another 2"-3" last night. It was snowing lightly this morning when I woke up, but has since tapered off. I would guess that we have a solid 14" - 18" on the ground right now. Today is supposed to reach roughly 30 degrees.
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Re: Winter has finally arrived

Postby teapot57 » Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:06 pm

The webcam is showing lots of snow at Apgar!
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Re: Winter has finally arrived

Postby PeteE » Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:41 pm

And hopefully more coming tonight and tomorrow. 8)

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Re: Winter has finally arrived

Postby Jay w » Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:04 pm

Jealous.
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Re: Winter has finally arrived

Postby PeteE » Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:38 pm

Jay w wrote:Jealous.


Hehehe :)

I don't believe tomorrow will be a good day to go xcountry skiing, or any kind of skiing.
The storage units I look after are just off US2 on the west side of the highway near the airport.
Bad Rock Canyon is almost directly NE of the storage units.
NE winds out of the canyon can drift snow in there pretty bad sometimes :(

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Winter Storm Warning


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MISSOULA MT
200 PM MST SUN DEC 11 2016

MTZ002-003-122100-
/O.CON.KMSO.WS.W.0008.161212T0000Z-161213T0300Z/
200 PM MST SUN DEC 11 2016

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 8 PM MST MONDAY...

* IMPACTS/TIMING: ARCTIC AIR WILL POUR ACROSS THE CONTINENTAL
DIVIDE LATE SUNDAY INTO EARLY MONDAY. GUSTY WINDS, BLOWING
SNOW AND ADDITIONAL HEAVY SNOW WILL LEAD TO DANGEROUS TRAVEL
CONDITIONS, ESPECIALLY DURING THE OVERNIGHT AND EARLY MORNING
HOURS MONDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: AN ADDITIONAL 3 TO 7 INCHES THROUGHOUT THE
VALLEYS WITH UP TO ANOTHER FOOT THROUGHOUT THE HIGHER TERRAIN.

* WINDS: NORTH TO EAST WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH WINDS WILL BE
DEVELOPING AND CAUSE WIND CHILLS OF -20 TO -30 DEGREES.
FREQUENT GUSTS TO 40 MPH ARE POSSIBLE WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO
NEAR 50 MPH ALONG US-2 AND THROUGH BAD ROCK CANYON.


* 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: Winter has finally arrived

Postby PeteE » Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:37 am

Phhhhhhhhfffffftttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!

The big Winter Storm that wasn't. :evil:
No wind or snow in WF as of 0730 this morning.

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