Cold front brings rare July snow to three U.S. states
Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 3:17 PM - On Monday, an intense cold front that some forecasters are calling 'exceptional' descended on the northern Rockies, bringing several centimetres of snow to Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
“This pattern should not happen in July,” the U.S. National Weather Service said in a Tuesday tweet, later adding the area could see the "windiest July day ever" in some places following the cold front.
“In my 27 years as the chief meteorologist for KXLF/KBZK, I have only reported a few times that snow is falling in [southwest] Montana in July,” Mike Heard, a local television meteorologist told the Washington Post.
“Today [Monday] is one of those days.”
Social media was flooded with bewildered, snow-related posts.
The images are reminiscent of a photo that was circulated on social media earlier this week from Banff, Alberta, where chilly temperatures allowed for a light dusting of snow.
While July snow is rare for Banff, meteorologists say it isn't out of the ordinary.
The region sees an average of 1.8 cm of snow in June, 0 cm in July and 0.2 cm of snow in August.
Sources: The Washington Post | The Weather Network