The valley floor is now covered with a thin blanket of white, announcing the arrival of old man winter to the Bitterroot Valley in Montana this first half of November.
These were some of my views on the property this morning. This snow will only last for a few days or so while we are cold, but we will warm up enough for this to melt back off soon.
While the snow in the mountains remains all winter long, our valley typically goes through cooling and warming cycles, where we get snow and then it melts within a week or two, so it never really accumulates on the valley floor. The only time we have much snow down here is when we get a dumping of a foot or more all at once.
Back in the winter of '96/'97, we woke up to 2-1/2 feet of snow all at once overnight, and within a week it was all gone. Our valley is referred to as the banana belt. Winter here in our part of Western Montana is quite different than our winters growing up in the Midwest.
--Nikki / myMountainStudio