Posted: May 1, 2013 9:36 AM by KBZK
BOZEMAN - Bozeman residents weren't the only ones who woke up to a late season snow storm this morning, but some local students are the only ones who can claim the name.
Bozeman High School Latin students suggested the name "Achilles" to the Weather Channel and were informed on Tuesday that it was being used.
"I received an email from Bryan Norcross at the Weather Channel yesterday that informed us that they would officially use our suggested name of 'Achilles' for this 27th winter storm which hit Denver yesterday and is moving across the country as we speak," teacher Erika Shupe wrote in an email.
The Weather Channel explains on its website that because of the rarity of the significant May snow, especially in the Midwest, the decision was made to start at the top of the alphabet to name the latest snow storm.
Winter Storm Achilles is expected to spread snow from the Front Range of the Rockies to parts of the Plains and Midwest, according to the Weather Channel.
"East of the Rockies, this will be a rare and potentially historic May snowfall," the Weather Channel said on its website.
Meteorologist Adam Bell is interviewing Shupe and Latin students this afternoon. Tune in at 5:30 p.m. to hear from them.
Photo: Winter storm Achilles dumping snow along the Bozeman Pass Tuesday night.