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.
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.
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.
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.