Great Falls, Montana set a new daily snowfall record over the weekend as a three-day storm dumped nearly a foot of the white stuff on the city. The Arctic continues to descend south. Prepare for the cold.
Officially, the Electric City received 4.9 inches on Saturday –smashing the record of 1.7 inches set back in 1961– and then another 4.7 inches had accumulated by noon Sunday. Snow totals since Friday night topped 10.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) and as reported by greatfallstribune.com, with a further 2 inches expected Sunday night.
These totals have embarrassed the official forecasts, which as late as Fri, Oct 16 were calling for weekend totals of just 2 inches in Great Falls.
On Saturday alone, 10+ inches of snow was reported from Choteau to Fairfield. Snowfall of 10+ inches also was registered west of Helena near MacDonald Pass–when Friday forecasts called for just 4 inches in the region.
Snow records also tumbled in many other towns and cities across Montana and South Dakota: in addition to Great Falls’ 4.9 inches, Sunday accumulations of 5.2 inches and 1.7 inches in Billings, MT and Rapid City, SD, respectively, also broke all-time daily records.
Looking forward, Winter Weather Advisories remains in effect for many through Monday morning. The NWS also warned residents of Great Falls to be prepared for the possibility of icy roads by Monday morning with freezing rain in the forecast. Daytime temperatures will remain in the 20s.
Then, after a very brief reprieve, a third round of heavy, potentially record-busting snow is expected beginning Wednesday evening, according to Nutter and backed-up by the GFS (shown below).
Another almost continent-spanning blast of Arctic cold will accompany the snow — North America’s eight such blast of the season (and we’re still in October).
Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.
Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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