Impressive snow totals for the area!

Dry high pressure has kept us cold today and a layer of clouds is fighting to keep the sun from coming out today. The sun is expected to win this afternoon!

There was enough snow yesterday afternoon and evening to dig out the shovel and plow the driveway and sidewalks in the neighborhood!

We have 67 inches of snowfall so far this fall and winter. Normally we should have 33.5 inches of snow by this time of the year so we have exactly twice the normal amount of snow! Last year on this date we had 42 inches of total snowfall for the same time period. So yes, there is a LOT of snow on the ground.

 

Cold and lots of snow clinging to bushes and trees!

Here is a report from the National Weather Service today on snowfall amounts, pretty impressive!

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
 950 PM MST TUE FEB 8 2011
 
 SO FAR THIS WINTER...SOME IMPRESSIVE SNOWFALL HAS ACCUMULATED ACROSS 
 NORTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA. SOME AREAS HAVE SET NEW RECORDS 
 FOR SNOWFALL FOR THE SEASON TO-DATE. THESE INCLUDE GOLD 
 BUTTE...GREAT FALLS...NEIHART AND TURNER. NO LOCATION HAS YET 
 EXCEEDED THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL TOTAL FOR THE SEASON.
 
 LOCATION    SNOW FOR  RANKING      RECORD FOR  /NORMAL /RECORD ENTIRE
              SEASON                SEASON      /SEASON    SEASON
               FEB 7                THRU FEB 7  / FEB 7
 CHESTER        30.2  7TH SNOWIEST  52.2 1970-71...13.1...85.0 2008
 CASCADE 20SSE  32.4  5TH SNOWIEST  54.1 2003-04...13.8...95.1 2003
 DUNKIRK 19NNE  27.9  7TH SNOWIEST  45.3 2007-08...13.2...55.1 2007
 GOLD BUTTE     75.1  SNOWIEST      68.0 2009-10...28.6..127.0 2006
 GRASS RANGE    46.4  6TH SNOWIEST  82.4 1958-59...21.1..118.0 1958
 GREAT FALLS    66.7  SNOWIEST      59.0 1958-59...29.3..120.2 1988
 HARLEM         26.0  6TH SNOWIEST  49.8 1934-35...11.2...60.6 1034
 HAVRE          55.1  4TH SNOWIEST  66.2 1970-71...25.6...84.3 1966
 MILLEGAN 14SE 134.0  2ND SNOWIEST 147.0 2009-10...71.7..179.0 2007
 NEIHART        85.8  SNOWIEST      81.8 2003-04...21.7..156.0 1981
 STANFORD       47.1  5TH SNOWIEST  73.1 1971-72...24.9..118.4 1974
 TURNER         50.6  SNOWIEST      44.9 2003-04...16.1...53.8 1003
 WISDOM         44.0  3RD SNOWIEST  69.0 1951-52...19.3...73.0 1938
 W YELLOWSTONE 114.6 14TH SNOWIEST 218.8 1994-95...84.9..316.6 1994

There is an end in sight for the cold temperatures. We are waiting for the Chinook winds to warm us up. That should help pack the fluffy light snow down so it does not blow around as much, but initially we could see some blowing snow until it warms up later this week.

The 30’s and even 40’s are coming later this week! Drive safe and enjoy the winter wonderland we have in Great Falls.

Fred

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