Saturday, August 25, 2012

Snow? In August? Welcome to Glacier Park

Posted By on Sat, Aug 25, 2012 at 10:00 AM

While much of the Western United States continues to bake, backpackers in Montana's Glacier National Park woke up this morning to a winter weather advisory for the West Glacier region, with the National Weather Service forecasting overnight temperatures in the low to mid 30s and gusts of up to 70 mph on Logan Pass.

"Temperatures above 6,000 feet will struggle to get out of the 40s," the advisory warned.

Hikers were also reminded that 20 years ago, an August snowstorm dumped more than a foot-and-a-half of powder on the park.

The Missoulian reports a snowstorm like the one on Aug. 24, 1992, is unlikely, but campers needed to prepare for cold overnight and morning temperatures and "to plan accordingly."

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