Montana got nailed with heavy snowfall overnight. Here in the banana belt of Montana, with the mildest weather in the state, we got about six inches of snow between yesterday and today.
We aren’t alone, by a long shot. This is a huge series of snowstorms that is moving east and south. It has already dropped a huge amount of snow in the Sierras of California and the Cascades of Oregon and Washington.
Here is a good indication of the snowfall we’ve been experiencing, except this is Oregon, not Montana.
A couple more feet have fallen a bit over a month after the first picture. The buildings are also showing more snow. This was taken during the time that Congress shut down the government, but you can see that Park employees are still plowing the roads and shoveling entries to the buildings.
This is what it looks like on February 15. The snow is 10-12 feet deep and the clouds are showing that snow is imminent. Notice especially the bottom of the picture. That is snow that is up against the bottom of the enclosure that holds the webcam. For impact, the camera is mounted on the eaves that are a little over two stories above the ground. It isn't just snow, it is snow drifts that are slamming Crater Lake National Park.
This is the south entrance to the park today. The snowbanks are 'only' about 8 feet high. This is also the only entrance that is open. The north entrance is closed due to snow. The Rim Drive and the Rim Village that overlook the lake are also closed due to snow and drifting snow.
The forecast is for more of the same; heavy snowfall with winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour. This is very much like it looked last year and, in fact, how it looked when I was growing up there over 50 years ago. There has been no appreciable change in the climate at Crater Lake since I was a boy.
Montana isn't the only place that is getting slammed by snow. I did have to shovel out a three-foot berm in order to get out of the driveway this morning, but I'm quite thankful that it was only three feet. As a boy, shoveling through 8 feet of snow like what is shown in this picture wasn't a big thing. It sure would be now, in my advancing state of decomposition...er, I mean age.