September Storm Drops A Metre of Snow In Alberta, Canada

October 1st, 2019


The snow stake in Castle Mountain yesterday morning. Intended up getting buried a few hours later. Photo: Castle Mountan resort


Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss

The “winter” storm that crossed the northern Rockies in the US and Canada on the weekend dropped snow totals at the top end of the forecast, with over a metre falling in some areas over a three-day period.

The storm moved in on Friday night with snow falls throughout Saturday, becoming heavier on Sunday. In Montana temperatures dropped down to -6 degrees and by Sunday night snow totals on the mountains within the Glacier National park were 75-100cms.


East Glacier Park, Montana, yesterday. Photo: Marla Knopfle

Further north in Canada, the Alberta Rockies copped a heap of snow, with Castle Mountain resort having a mid-mountain snow base of 100cms this morning. Regional towns also saw winter-like snowfalls, including Calgary, with 30cms falling at Calgary International airport by Sunday night. Interior BC resorts received good snow totals too, with Red Mountain reporting 50cms over the weekend.


The base at Castle Mountain, yesterday. Photo: Castle Mountain


Not what you’d expect on the last Monday of September. Photo: Anne Marie Fitzgerald/Castle Mountain Facebook.


Snow cam in Red Mountain resort, September 30.

While the centre of the storm was in the northern Rockies, the system had a wide reach with the cascaded and sierras also getting some snow, Squaw valley reporting 10cms this morning and Mt Hood received a similar amount on the weekend.

The Cascades in Oregon, taking on shade of winter on Sunday morning. Photo: @timberlinelodge

Of course, snow falls this far out from the start of winter mean nothing when it comes to what the 2019/20 North American season may bring, but it is always nice to see some snow on the ground. When totals are 50+cms, it makes it that much more exciting.


The base at Alpine Meadows this morning. Squaw and Alpin received 10+cms on the upper mountain. Photo: Brandon Skinner