Remember when the climate scientists told us that by now, snow would be a thing of the past that our kids would only read about in history books?
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.
“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.
See video: https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/rockies-snow-montana-colorado-wyoming-early-october-2017