Thursday, September 26, 2013

Winter Arrived In The Rockies

Winter's arriving in the mountains of the West, pretty close to schedule. September offers higher elevations in Utah, Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming their first crack at snow and the last couple of days have provided just that opportunity as a pair of storm systems have tracked through the mountainous west.

Yesterday, Utah's Wasatch Mountains picked up their first snow of the year. Mostly minor accumulations fell across the mountains of Utah as they were on the southern edge of this storm system.

Graphic via NWS Salt Lake City
A more robust storm system is diving through Montana and Wyoming, with winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories out across the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana and also for the Tetons in Wyoming. In some of the higher elevations of Wyoming and Montana, especially over 8500 feet, a foot of snow may fall!

This system may also bring the first snow of the season to the suburban foothills outside of Denver -- rain is expected in Denver proper but the hills just outside of the city could see snow on Friday from this system.

While winter is still a ways off, it is a sign that warmth and nice days are on the wane.