#Montana, #USA is blanketed in almost two feet of #snow and it’s not even #October yet – Potential #Historic Event
Snowfall in Choteau, Montana
Several feet of snow have fallen and power lines are down in the Rockies — and it’s only September.
A winter storm is blowing through parts of the region this weekend, just days after the start of fall.
So far, parts of Montana have received almost two feet of snow. Browning was blanketed by 23 inches and East Glacier Park by 21.
The National Weather Service’s winter-storm warning for portions of north-central Montana is in effect until Monday morning. CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera said another one to two feet of snow may fall by then.
A blizzard warning was issued Sunday for Glacier, western Teton, western Pondera, and northern Lewis and Clark Counties, the National Weather Service said.
Wind gusts as high as 55 mph are possible and visibility is near or below a quarter mile, the weather service said.
Great Falls, Montana, got a preliminary reading of 9.7 inches of snow Saturday, which would set a new daily snowfall record, beating the previous record in 1954 by 3.6 inches.
And by Saturday morning Choteau, Montana, was experiencing downed trees and power lines, making it dangerous for people on the road, according to CNN affiliate KRTV.
The station reported several power outages across the area, including in Simms, Sun Prairie and parts of Great Falls.
While snow in September may sound shocking in some parts of the country, Cabrera says that it is not that uncommon for the area. What is surprising is the amount, he said.
“If the forecast pans out, this would rival or surpass the 1934 winter storm which was for many areas the top early-season snowfall event on record,” Cabrera said.
Winds are predicted to gust at 35 to 45 mph on Sunday, Cabrera said. These winds, combined with the snow that is forecast, could lead to whiteout conditions.
“This has the potential to be a historically significant early-season snow event,” said the National Weather Service in Great Falls, Montana.
The National Weather Service anticipates that the storm will bring damage as well as surprise.
“Very heavy wet snow and strong winds will lead to downed trees, power outages, and treacherous travel conditions,” the weather service said.
With winds this strong and the sudden cold air interacting with the warmer mountain lake water, there is the chance for damaging waves across Montana’s Flathead Lake.
And given the expected wet nature of the snow, a host of potentially dangerous impacts could result.
Widespread tree damage and downed power lines are possible, resulting in power outages. Agricultural damage could be caused by the record cold temperatures.
Livestock is also at risk. The National Weather Service warned, “make sure livestock and pets also have the essentials that they will need during the storm.”
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Capsized cars as seen the roads of after they were hit by a landslide in Casargo, near the Italian town of Lecco, in the early hours of Wednesday, Aug. 7. (ANSA via AP)
Around 200 people have been evacuated after a landslide hit a northern Italian town near Lake Como, overturning cars in its wake.
The town of Casargo in the Lombardy region was hit by a landslide Tuesday evening that was triggered by torrential downpours.
No casualties have been reported, but authorities continue to remove debris and wreckage from the community’s streets.
Farmers, who raise goats and cows in the region, also remain cut off due to blocked roads, agricultural lobby group Coldiretti said.
Rescuers work to clear mud from a road in Codesino, near the northern Italian town of Lecco, in the early hours of Wednesday, Aug. 7. (ANSA via AP)
The sheer force of the landslide, which turned into a torrent of mud, tore down fences and engulfed cars in its path. Officials who evacuated civilians and tourists moved people to safety in a local hotel.
“The regional offices and civil protection volunteers are working to bring the situation back to normal as soon as possible,” said Attilio Fonatana, president of the Lombardy region.
During the landslide, a nearby bridge with unmanned vehicles on it collapsed while strong winds uprooted trees, Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported.
Lombardy has been repeatedly hit with flooding and poor weather conditions in recent weeks; Italy has also endured various heatwaves and freak storms, leaving several dead and causing millions in damages to the country’s agriculture.
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Dozens of seals have become stranded in a Canadian town, blocking traffic and the entrances to homes and businesses.
Two of the animals in Roddickton-Bide Arm, Newfoundland, died after being struck by a car. There are concerns others will starve to death.
It is against Canadian law to interfere with marine mammals such as seals.
The creatures became stranded after nearby waters suddenly froze over last week, preventing their return to the ocean.
Experts say the speed at which the bay froze over may have disorientated the animals and caused them to move inland instead of towards open waters.
Images posted on social media show the seals stranded on roads and large banks of snow.
“It actually feels like we’re being inundated,” the town’s Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald told CBC News.
“There’s seals on the road, there’s seals in people’s driveways, the backyards, the parking lots, the doorways, the businesses.”
There are growing concerns that the animals will starve to death unless they are taken to the ocean by wildlife officials.
“They’re pitiful to look at. They haven’t eaten,” Mayor Fitzgerald said.
“They are 4 or 5 miles from the ocean and they are probably starving,” another witness wrote on Twitter.
The town’s council have asked for help from the Canadian government, and the hope is that officials from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) will now intervene and rescue them.
Roddickton-Bide Arm sits on a major seal migration route and people there are accustomed to seeing the creatures.
On Tuesday, the police said they had safely returned a seal to the ocean but warned against approaching them.
“[They] may appear to be friendly in nature, [but] it is very dangerous to approach or attempt to capture animals without proper equipment,” a Facebook post read.
Courtesy of BBC News