A & # 39; historical & # 39; winter storm has hit the West during the weekend, where it has dumped 48 inches of snow in Montana, caused shockingly low temperatures, caused power outages, and downed trees and power lines – officially ended just a week after the summer.
Strong winds and snowstorms are expected to continue until Monday in the states along the Rocky Mountains, including parts of Montana, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.
On Monday, a & # 39; winter storm emergency statement & # 39; announced after the intense storm had dumped historic amounts of snow, broken records for centuries, and created life-threatening conditions of corrosive cold and cruel winds.
In the town of Browning, near Glacier National Park, no less than 48 centimeters of snow fell from Friday to Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
A & # 39; historical & # 39; winter storm hit the west along the Rocky Mountains during the weekend, with Montana being hit hardest, where it dumped up to 48 inches of snow, brought gusts of wind from 30 to 35 mph and freezing temperatures
Snow day! Eight districts canceled the school when the locals went out to enjoy the snowy weather that fell in the first week of fall. Snowdrifts were so high in some parts of Montana that they reached the roofs of houses. Local wife Mina Kipp shared this image with her husband, who is 6ft 4, standing in the snow in Browning, Montana
Garden City Harvestman Brihannala Morgan stares over her five-row parcel after the last of what she could harvest from the plants in the snow that arrived on Sunday in Missoula, Montana
Winter storm in the fall! Tommy Little, from the left, Cody Little, Kyndra Neal and Tanya Little use the snow accumulation to drag down a hill on Sunday in Missoula, Montana
& # 39; It's a storm in February in September & # 39 ;, said Jeff Mow, Chief Inspector of Glacier National Park, to the New York Times. & # 39; We are used to this type of storm, just not at this time of the year.
In Great Falls, 19.3 centimeters of snow fell for two days. On Sundays, 9.6 centimeters of snow fell in the city – a new record for that date of September 29. No less than 38 centimeters have also been registered since Friday in St. Mary.
On Saturday, snow was also registered at Missoula International Airport, where no snow has been registered since September 28, 1893.
According to wind meter Megan Steiner from the NWS office in Great Falls, the gusts of wind at the end of Sunday are 30 to 35 miles per hour, making them & # 39; almost as high as some homes in that area & # 39; near Browning.
The wind cuts power to some areas where the gusts of wind fell trees and power lines, near and along the front of Rocky Mountain.
However, the storm is now winding off.
& # 39; The continuing major winter storm over the Northern Rockies is expected to settle on Monday & # 39 ;, the NWS said in its forecast on Monday morning. But the agency warned that one to two feet of snow could fall, especially in parts of Western Montana.
The unusually early winter weather comes weeks after Farman & # 39; s Almanac predicted that the US will have a & # 39; Polar Coaster & # 39; experience temperature fluctuations.
A Twitter user shared this photo from the front of her house with the snowfall during the weekend in Fairfield, Montana
She shared this image with the high snowdrifts near her house. Montana saw a height of 48 centimeters of snow from Monday
Storm winds and snowstorms are expected to continue until Monday in parts of Montana, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah. Pedestrians introduced themselves on Sunday for a walk through the snow in Helena, Montana
The National Weather Service in Missoula warned the locals to stay away from Highway 93, which was completely covered with snow
This list shows the snowfall reports from Sunday at 9 p.m., where no less than 48 inches were measured in Browning
According to the brutal winter storm, between 1,000 and 1,500 power outages, mainly in Western Montana, were reported on Saturday evening Weather.com. Storm floods also lead to a blackout on Saturday evening for around 20,000 people in Portland, Oregon.
The storm also led to treacherous traffic conditions on the road when several semi-trucks got out of hand and an SUV turned around due to slippery roads and winter weather.
At least eight Montana school district canceled classes on Monday due to heavy snowfall.
& # 39; Many daily records with low maximum temperatures are possible up to and including Monday, especially in northern Great Basin, Rockies and Northern California, & # 39; said the weather service.
Lassen National Park in California also enjoyed a layer of snow in the winter storm of the weekend, as pictured above on Monday
The Great Falls National Weather Service shared this photo at 9:30 am with the aftermath of the weekend storm and the icy conditions in Pendroy in Teton County, Montana
Snowfall in Browning measured at 23 inches by 4.10pm Sunday. 48 inches were recorded by Monday
Montana Gov Steve Bullock declared an emergency Sunday, which allowed the state to mobilize resources to areas hit by the storm in the early season.
& # 39; With an unprecedented winter storm giving our state a surprise in September, state and local authorities are working closely together to protect the health and safety of the Montanans, & # 39; said Bullock.
On Monday, it was still snowing at Glacier National Park in the morning.
& # 39; You have higher terrain where you will never know how much snow fell because there is no one to measure it, & # 39; said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dan Pydynowski USA today. & # 39; There will be areas of more than 4 feet, measured or not. & # 39;
Although snow is not uncommon in the park at this time of year, it is for lower altitudes.
Great Falls, Montana has an average of 1.2 centimeters of snow in September. The snowfall reached 16 inches by Sunday.
9.7 inches were recorded on Saturday – a record of 65 years was broken.
The storm also led to treacherous traffic conditions on the road when several semi-trucks got out of hand and an SUV turned around due to slippery roads and winter weather. A tree pictured on a car in the aftermath of the snowstorm pictured above in Sunnyside, outside of Great Falls, Montana on Sunday
Treacherous highway conditions were reported in northwestern Montana when a 60 mph wind called in the fresh snowfall, reducing visibility on Sunday. A Montana Highway Patrol trooper tweeted a photo of a car slipping into a ditch and falling over
The storm started on Friday with snowfall and strong winds that made it difficult to see rural roads along the Stevens Pass in Montana
This weather map shows how the west of the country experienced harsh winter conditions, while the southeast experienced warm summer temperatures on Sunday evening.
Snow and rain are expected to continue until Monday in Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana
Meteorologists say the storm will be followed by temperatures that fall to unusually cold levels early this week, with the coldest spots dropping to the teens and 20s
The American Red Cross opened a shelter at the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish in Browning.
In parts of Northeast Washington, more than a foot of snow was recorded during the weekend.
In the city of Spokane, the snow marked the first flurry of September since 1926.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in Oregon reported wind and gusts of up to 55 km / h in Portland and hail.
The Cascade Mountains saw up to 10 centimeters of snow.
As for the rest of the week, it seems that the worst snow is over and the areas that are flooded with snow will melt when warmer temperatures take over and enter the mid-40s.
However, it is predicted that the state will endure record temperatures at the end of September, including single-digit temperatures in North Central and Southwestern Montana.
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