Surprise storm dumps 30 cm of snow on parts of the U.S.
Thursday, June 19, 2014, 7:21 PM - It certainly doesn't feel like summer in Montana's Glacier National Park and parts of Utah and Idaho after an unusual storm moved in, dumping up to 30 cm of snow.
Now -- confused residents are shoveling their driveways just a few days before the summer solstice.
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As a point of reference, Utah typically sees an average daily temperature of 27C in June, while Montana's average June high is around 28 degrees Celcius.
The storm brought more than 100 mm of rain and 30 cm of snow to Montana's Glacier National Park.
Over 14" of snow at Sperry Chalet since 6/17. Use caution during this time of increased moisture in the park. (jl) pic.twitter.com/XepFoxSiF6— GlacierNationalPark (@GlacierNPS) June 18, 2014
"Weather in northwest Montana and weather in Glacier [National Park] can be so variable, but it's always somewhat exciting, somewhat "wow," somewhat challenging to get this kind of weather this time of year," Denise Germann, a spokesperson for the park, told ABC Montana.
The greater challenge will come when the heavy snowfall starts to melt, putting some areas at risk of flooding.
According to the National Weather Service in the U.S., an additional 100+ mm of rain and 20 cm of snow could fall in the mountains before the conditions dissipate this weekend.
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