December weather in August: Unusual snow and cold snap engulfs BC, Canada and unseasonal snow falls in Glacier National Park, Montana

Weather is going crazy again. Last weekend, a cold snap engulfed central Europe bringing in some places more than 40cm (17.5 inches) of snow overnight. But it seems Italy, Germany, Austria and Slovenia weren’t the only countries freezing around the globe. The National Weather Service office in Missoula has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for elevations above 6,000 feet in Glacier National Park. Meanwhile, snowfalls were reported in BC and Alberta, while Ontario and Quebec brace for a new heat wave in Canada.

Snow in Glacier National Park while the Howe Ridge fire keeps burning

While the Howe Ridge fire keeps burning on the west side of Glacier National Park near Lake McDonald, Mother Nature is busy adding some touches of white elsewhere.

Snow falling at Glacier National Park on August 27, 2018. via KPax

The National Weather Service office in Missoula has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for elevations above 6,000 feet in Glacier National Park as well as for the Whitefish and Flathead Mountain ranges in Northwest Montana. Areas above 7,000 feet could see around 1″-to-3″ of snow with locally heavier amounts possible. – KPax

Unseasonal snow in Western Canada while East brace for new heat wave

In some parts of Canada, the end of summer vacation is bringing some of the hottest temperatures of the year, while in other areas, it’s bringing weather more typically experienced in December than during the last week of August.

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WOAH!! Look at the snow falling now Highway 1 between Canmore and Calgary on August 27, 2018. via Twitter

Some B.C. communities saw temperatures dip near or below the freezing mark Monday morning. A temperature of -1.5 C was recorded at Burns Lake at 5 a.m. One hour later, the temperature in Prince George dipped to 0 C. Snow fell in Canmore, Banff and other Alberta mountain communities on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018.

The cold snap marked Prince George’s second unusual weather phenomenon in eight days, following the ash-filled skies that had shrouded the city from the sun as smoke from some of the province’s hundreds of active wildfires drifted over the region.

It was a very different story in Eastern Canada, where heat warnings were in place for most of southern Ontario and parts of southern Quebec, with daily highs at or above 30 C through Wednesday. – CTV News

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