This weekend will mark the final phase of a major winter storm that ravaged the NW U.S. bringing whipping winds to the Flathead Valley, feet of snow along the Continental Divide and record-breaking/challenging temps for all.
A new all-time daily record low temperature was set in Kalispell, Montana on Wednesday, October 02 as the mercury plunged into the teens across the region.
The weather station at Glacier Park International Airport recorded a low of 19F (-7.2C) at 5 AM which busted the dates previous record low of 21F (-6.1C) set back in 1999.
Great Falls, Montana registered a record-smashing 9F (-12.8C) on Tue, Oct 01, according to the NWS, which annihilated the previous daily low of 22F (-5.6C) set back in 1959.
Additionally, areas to the northwest also saw record low daily temperatures on Tuesday as both Cut Bank and Browning comfortably surpassed their previous cold records from 1950.
And further south, crossing a few state lines into California, temperatures at Sacramento Executive Airport dropped to 42F (5.6C) early Wednesday morning, surpassing the old record of 43F (6.1C) set in 1971. Meaning that in less than a week, Sacramento has now set multiple all-time record lows; on Sunday, both downtown Sacramento and the airport set record lows of 45F (7.2C) and 46F (7.8C) respectively.
Further record-breaking cold is expected throughout the week and into the weekend as additional Arctic fronts enter the Northwestern U.S. via Canada. More heavy low-level early-season snow is also likely.
“This trough is colder than normal for this time of year,” warned the NWS, “which means that conditions will be quite raw: temperatures in the 20s combined with gusty winds and periodic snow showers will feel quite cold.”
More Historic Cold set to Engulf ALL of North America
And eyeing further ahead, another brutal Polar Invasion is forecast to seize pretty-much ALL of the U.S. and Canada by Oct 10, lasting for at least 10 days.
This could be big, potentially historic (once again).
Temperature departures are on course to tumble some 20+C below average for large portions of the continent, and the snow line appears set to encroach anomalously far south for the time of year.
Stay tuned for updates.
The cold times are returning in line with historically low solar activity:
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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift