The Mountain States are set for over a foot of mountaintop snow by Monday morning as the United State braces for its sixth Arctic blast of the season.
Coloradans haven’t received accumulating snow since the record-busting Labor Day storm on Sept 8. But all that’s about to change this weekend as a low solar activity induced meridional jet stream flow delivers Arctic-like conditions to parts of the lower 48.
Starting in the northwest this Sunday, polar cold will gradually sink south and east as the week progresses, and by next weekend should have engulfed more than two-thirds of the CONUS. Temperature departures some 16C below the seasonal average could be suffered, particularly in the south.
Much of central and eastern Canada should also brace for an unusual chill.
As hinted, heavy snow will accompany the cold.
The NWS is forecasting “a few inches of snow in the high country” of Colorado by Monday. But according to Joel Gratz of OpenSnow, weather models vary widely, and up to 12 inches is certainly possible in the mountains, he says.
Latest GFS runs appear to confirm a wintry next 10-or-so days.
By the morning of Monday, Oct 12 more than a foot of snow is forecast to have accumulated over the Mountain States, with another foot+ expected by the end of Wednesday, Oct 14:
Coloradans, Montanans, Idahoans, Wyomingites, and Washingtonians are all set for impressive early season snow totals as the Arctic once again descends unusually far south. And looking above the border, British Columbians are also forecast some truly incredible October totals as the month progresses.
Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.
Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift