Ski resorts in parts of Montana and Wyoming fired up their webcams to capture images of something they don’t usually see on their slopes: snow falling in late July.
“An abnormally powerful low-pressure system is winding up near the Montana-Saskatchewan border – something more typical of the cold-weather season than mid-July,” said weather.com senior meteorologist Nick Wiltgen. “As a result, it’s yanking some pretty cold air southward quickly enough to bring subfreezing temperatures into the Northern Rockies at elevations above 10,000 feet or so. Throw in some moisture and boom, snow.”
The system dumped several inches of wintry precipitation on the higher elevations of the Northern Rockies, but also brought much-needed rain in a parched region. For some residents, it was the first time they’d seen July snow in southern Montana.
“I’ve been [in southern Montana] for four summers, and this is the first time I’ve seen it snow in July,” Tom Conway, assistant golf pro at Big Sky Resort, told the Great Falls Tribune. “It was a pretty crazy day.”
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