Autumn Arrives, Bringing First Snow to Colorado

Autumn officially arrived Sunday, September 22, but for some places, it was more like winter.

While most of the nation enjoyed pleasant, seasonal fall temperatures, the first day of fall also brought the first snowfall for a few locations. Where did some of the first snows of the season appear across the U.S.?

Colorado experienced its first snow of the season while it was still officially summer! On September 19, snow and inclement weather caused officials to temporarily close Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park – a main route for evacuating those hit hard by the catastrophic floods in Estes Park. Our thoughts are with everyone whose lives have been uprooted by these terrible floods.

Estes Park
Estes Park via Flickr – Credit: Brett Levin Photography

Over the weekend, several ski resorts throughout Colorado reported snow. Breckenridge Ski Resort received a dusting. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Keystone, Colo., saw the first flakes of the year blanket the ground.

About 100 miles south in Keystone, Colo., Monarch Mountain Ski resort saw the white stuff fall.

Monarch Mountain
Ski Monarch, Monarch, CO – Via our WeatherBug Camera

Don’t get out your skis just yet though – many resort towns still have about 50 days to go before the official start of the winter sports season. The lifts at Monarch Mountain, for example, will start running in November.

New Hampshire
Observers atop New Hampshire’s Mount Washington recorded the first snowfall of the fall season this weekend. At 6,288 feet, Mount Washington is the highest point in New England.

Mount Washington

Credit: Mount Washington Observatory Via Facebook

Mount Washington is also world-renown for extreme and unpredictable weather – from average low winter temperatures below zero to wind gusts far more powerful than even a Category 5 Hurricane!

Mount Washington
Observation Deck Camera – Credit: Mount Washington Observatory

Anchorage welcomed the first snow of the fall season on Sunday. Approximately an inch fell at higher elevations, according to National Meteorological Service reports. Today, flurries and additional snow are expected.

Photo via Flickr – Credit: Accretion Disc

Last year’s first measurable snowfall for the city arrived on Sept. 29.

While winter whites are starting to make an appearance, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy cooler temperatures and changing leaves throughout much of the nation (read our recent Fall Foliage Tips blog post). The official start of meteorological winter isn’t until December 1, and astronomical winter doesn’t begin until December 22. Enjoy the autumn season!

Stay Safe. Know Before™.

-The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team



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