Up to 4 ft of snow for northern Rockies

Winter storm warning – West Glacier Region

National Weather Service Missoula MT – Dec 18 2017

* WHAT…Heavy snow and blowing snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to impossible, particularly Tuesday into Tuesday night. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches across valleys and 12 to 18 inches over Marias pass expected today. Additional snow
accumulations of 1 to 2 feet across valleys, with higher amounts over Marias pass are expected on Tuesday through Wednesday.

Total snow amounts of over 4 feet expected over Marias pass by Wednesday.

* WHERE…Bad Rock Canyon, Essex, Highway 83 Bigfork to Swan Lake, Marias Pass, and Polebridge.

* WHEN…Heaviest period of snow is expected Tuesday morning through Tuesday night.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Winds gusting as high as 45 mph this morning between Essex and Marias Pass will cause blowing and drifting snow. Wind gusts will lessen to 25 mph by this afternoon.


Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

3 thoughts on “Up to 4 ft of snow for northern Rockies

  1. in Aus with pretty much perfect if a tad warm weather for our xmas travels we still have higher than usual road deaths simply due to travelling to get “somewhere/home” for xmas..so much crazier in bitterly cold snowy climes.
    be interesting to tally the amt of deaths solely due to Xmas season say a day or so either side travelling globally.

  2. That does not sound so unexpected to me… I lived in Utah for a time (which is more central Rockies) and on Halloween, two years in a row… we got a few feet of snow. I called it “trough-o-treating” … since I had to bundle the kid up in this snow suit, boots & mittens… over the Halloween costume.

  3. Those amounts verified, and what’s important here, also likely accurate, is more over the higher terrain. Most reporting areas there are valley locations, some of which got 3 feet or near of snow over 3-4 days of constant streaming snowing.

    Thing is, the valley locations are thousands of feet lower in elevation there, and I’m not aware that they have any recording stations in Glacier National Park itself in the winter, it’s closed. Could be Switzerland type snow happening there too, and glaciers, like your one reader said, might not be retreating.

    Also, the avalanches there literally oblitterate paved roads on solid rock, just completely gone. Serious snow.

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