Eight Months Later: Big Snow Pile Remains in Buffalo, New York

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The epic snow pile in Boston, Massachusetts may be gone, but 400 miles west of Boston in Buffalo, New York, an eight-month-old reminder of a harsh winter remains.

According to Buffalo TV station WGRZ, a dirt-laden snow pile still remains near Buffalo’s Central Station on the city’s east side. As was the case with Boston’s epic snow pile, which only fully melted earlier this month, the dirt and garbage acted to help insulate the snow and keep it from melting.

WGRZ’s Dave McKinley reported that the snow pile is hard to see (see picture) as it’s covered in garbage and grime accumulated during the eight months since the majority of the snow fell in late November.

An above-average winter featured 112.9″ of snow in Buffalo, 18.2″ above the city’s typical annual snowfall. For reference, Boston had 110.6″, its snowiest winter on record. However, Buffalo received an enormous amount of snow during a historic November blizzard, which featured nearly 100″ of snow on the city’s south side and nearby southern suburbs over a mere three days. That snow forced the city to pile feet of snow near Central Station.

With warm temperatures expected to stay over western New York over the next few days, the snow pile may soon become history. Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on snow piles, snow and all sorts of fun – albeit grimy – meteorological tidbits!

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo: @WGRZ

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Rare July Snow Dusts Montana Peaks

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With less than five months until Christmas, it sure felt a tad like it in Monday in parts of Montana - despite it being the heart of summer.

A uniquely sharp trough (long area) of low pressure is bringing in gusty northwesterly winds and snow – yes, snow – to some of Montana’s highest peaks. The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Missoula, Montana reported on Monday that snow was falling as low as 8,000 feet in Glacier National Park and on Saddle Mountain in the Bitterroot Range. Lone Peak, Montana, at 11,166 feet, reported light accumulation, according to the NWS’ Great Falls, Montana office.

The snow isn’t expected to accumulate much below 10,000 feet, but it’s certainly making for an unusual sight even deep into the typically cold and snowy Rocky Mountains.

After a high of 87° on Saturday in Missoula, it barely moved into the low 60s on Monday – a high more typical for mid-October rather than late July. Great Falls, Montana only hit 61° on Monday, just a day after a high of 85° on Sunday.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this is the warmest week of the year for most of Montana. However, temperatures are expected to stay well below average through mid-week, when a warm-up to near seasonable temperatures arrives. That should melt away the snow, and a taste of winter in the dog days of summer, by the end of the week.

In the meantime, make sure to grab a sweatshirt across Big Sky Country!

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo: Big Sky Resort

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