Record-breaking snowstorm – “effectively a blizzard” – hits Rockies

Sets record not just for the date, but for the entire month of October – and it’s only October 3.

The heaviest October snow in Montana in more than 100 years has caused widespread power outages and downed trees in parts of Montana and Colorado. All of Havre, Montana, a city of 9,800, lost power.

With 37.6 cm (14.8 inches) of snow as of late Monday night, Havre experienced what was effectively a blizzard, NWS Great Falls said.


Havre, Monana, 3 Oct 2017 Photo courtesy Ann Kulczyk #mtwx via National Weather Service

“The current October record high snow is 21.8 cm (8.6 inches) set on October 4, 1914,” the NWS said. (Again, note that that record is for the entire month of October, not just the day).

The NWS Great Falls said the storm total snowfall for Havre from Monday through this morning is 39.4 cm (15.5 inches).

The heaviest estimated snow amount from this storm is 76.2 cm (30 inches) in Rocky Boy, Montana.

According to the Weather Channel, some areas had as much as 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on the ground.

Eight-foot (2.4m) snowdrifts were estimated in at least one location.

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13 thoughts on “Record-breaking snowstorm – “effectively a blizzard” – hits Rockies”

  1. Scroll down to the photo from the Rocky Boy Reservation, it appears to be more than 3 feet, covering cars, drifts up to 10 FEET!

    Broke records from the 1890s. Montana Natives will say winter isn’t what it used to be, I’m not always here, so I can’t say, however, in this respect, it would appear that they are similar.

    It was ranked as a blizzard, more than 3 hours, 30 mph or more.

    When the snow falls before the leaves even change color to fall, in some instances like two weeks ago, significant snow in the mountains, then that’s not indicative of global warming, you are skipping a season, when the snow falls before the leaves, breaking branches.

    These are not allowed thoughts, they are dangerous delusions, probably HATE SPEECH to notice the 10 foot drifts of snow. Apparently those that live in their offices underground don’t notice.

    Simultaneously, the approved ideas on social media, the demise of glaciers, pity for polar bears, continues with more vehemence.

  2. That storm seemed unusual, it spiraled from it’s center somewhere in southern Montana or thereabouts drawing moisture retrograde of normal, East, seemingly bringing Gulf of Mexico moisture to collide with the Alberta northern Rockies, I haven’t seen anything like it, though it happens in Colorado sometimes. Then again, I don’t watch Canadian weather that close. What was also notable, was this wasn’t only a mountains event, snow all across the plains of northern Montana, heaviest in the drought areas, like I’ve mentioned before, they are sort of quick to jump to the worst possible category of drought, it seems they should use it a LOT more sparingly, because then some record starts to erase it quickly.

    Fire season ended much earlier than they thought, mercifully, they had forecast it would last well into the fall until a season ending event, usually snow. Well, guess what.

    It’s so cold my computer keeps freezing, including pipes, they only turn on the heat according to the calendar, doesn’t work that well sometimes.

    Also, even though Bali might not have erupted, the sunset already had the look of a volcanic eruption somewhere, perhaps Kamchatka, whose volcanoes seemingly go off continually, and quite high to the stratosphere, not as far up at the poles perhaps.

  3. Global cooling has been on for awhile now. It’s only going to get worse.

    Ten years from now, famine will hit many. As food production worldwide will drop.

  4. wham! take that sorta feeling..
    amazing how COLD 100yr or more records dont count and get ignored by media presstitutes isnt it?
    not sure whats worse?
    fake high temp reportage or the non reporting of cool.
    think the fake highs the greater crime.

  5. AH, just wait till it snows like that for 30 days, non-stop and no trucks, cars, etc can enter any mountain pass.

    When the Interstate is buried under 30 feet of snow

    When every mountain town is isolated for 3 months.

    When the snow plows can’t plow snow on the piles of snow stacked 25 feet higher on the side of the road

    Modern Man has never experienced real snow.

    It’s coming.

  6. well, doesn’t look like the hot air spitting from Al Gore’s mouth is doing him much good LOL

    Secondly, it appears that kids today in the Rockies will still know what snow is 75 years from now!

    Third of all, this is how ice ages begin!

  7. I live in Bullhead City Arizona. We are in the news quite often as the hottest place in the nation with highs that routinely go above 120 degrees with lows over 90 degrees. On January 1, 2015 it snowed. We had 2″ on the ground…..we were making snowballs in Hell !!!! Not one national news outlet mentioned it. Not One !! But when we get hot it makes headlines??? The official high for Bullhead is 128 degrees. Needles Ca. 20 miles south holds the Guiness record for the hottest rain on record at 108 degrees while raining….it isn’t always a dry heat! So I know first hand that the national news reporting is way lopsided.

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