Summer snow falls in some mountainous regions of the United States weeks before the start of fall


School is back in session, a new NFL season has just kicked off, and pumpkin spice lattes are being served across the country, all signs that fall is almost here. But on Friday morning, some corners of the contiguous United States received their first taste of winter.

Snow fell in parts of Wyoming late Thursday evening and early Friday morning – the first snowfall of the season in Wyomingaccording to the National Weather Service office in Riverton, Wyoming.

And it was just more than a few bursts.

The road to Powder River Pass in northern Wyoming was almost completely covered in snowpack. The pass is located in the Bighorn Mountains in the north central part of the state and rises to an elevation of 9,666 feet.

Snowfall in the area was still visible on AccuWeather radar until mid-morning Friday, but it was mixing with rain in some places.

Snowflakes were also reported at a weather station in South Pass, Wyoming, located in west-central Wyoming at an elevation of 8,491 feet. At one point the visibility dropped below half a mile.

Temperatures in snowy areas dropped into the low 40s early Friday morning with AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures in the low 30s. In Atlantic City, Wyo., located near Powder River Pass, the AccuWeather RealFeel® temperature was 34 Fwhile the most famous seaside town of Atlantic City, NJ was more summery with an AccuWeather RealFeel temperature of 79 F.

The winter preview was not limited to Wyoming.

Visitors who rose early to drive up the popular Going-to-the-Sun route in Glacier National Park saw no sunshine. Instead, they were greeted by a misty, snowy morning.

Some of the vehicles that had been parked at the Logan Pass Visitor Center at 6,646 feet ended up covered in snow.

Visitors to Glacier National Park found themselves in a winter wonderland Friday morning at Logan Pass. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Snow accumulation is not completely unheard of in the northern Rockies in September and serves as a reminder that cold, snowy winter weather is fast approaching.

AccuWeather long-term forecasters predict that widespread snow is possible before the onset of meteorological winterwhich begins on December 1. AccuWeather’s official US winter forecast is set to be released on Wednesday, September 28.


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