Officials Issue Winter Weather Warnings For The Rockies — In Summer

Chris White | Energy Reporter

The National Weather Service (NWS) is issuing a winter weather advisory for parts of Wyoming and Montana as summer heat continues to scorch western states.

A few inches of wet snow is possible Monday heading into early Tuesday in the northern Rockies above 6,000 feet in elevation, NWS reported Monday. These are the first winter weather advisories issued for the continental U.S.

Accumulating snow is expected in the highest peaks of northwestern Wyoming and western Montana. Early snows in the region are not uncommon. Great Falls, Montana, saw its earliest snow on Aug. 22, 1992, but Monday’s weather in the area could break long-standing records.

Monday is expected to have some possible record cold daily high temperatures for August 27, with highs in parts of Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front Range struggling to rise out of the 40s, NWS reported. It’s too early to tell if the late-summer wintery weather is a harbinger for things to come.

Last year’s winter weather brought frigid conditions for most of the U.S. following a somewhat mild summer. (RELATED: Nearly Half Of The US Is Still Covered In Snow As Winter Makes Its Presence Felt)

Snow covered approximately 49 percent of the northern section of the country leading up to Christmas Day of 2017, for instance. It made a “White Christmas” for almost half of the country, excluding Alaska and Hawaii. Snowmelt in recent days across reduced the percentage, but not much.

Snowstorms and frigid temperatures continue to pound parts of the Northeast and the Midwest. Pennsylvania county was clobbered with 60 inches of snow in two days following Christmas day – the storm shattered records and required the national guard to help keep the roads clear and residents safe.

Northern Erie County, Pennsylvania, accumulated over 60 inches of snow shortly before New Years’ Day, according to Cleveland’s NWS, GoErie.com reports. Thirty-four inches of snow descended on Christmas Day, marking a single-day record snowfall in Erie.

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