I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures of the various snowstorms that have hit the Rockies this October. There have been several systems, each dumping heavy snow over the typical western snowbelts.
These storms, of course, made headlines in the news. Yet they’re not really that unusual for that part of the country this time of year. Early-season snow almost always arrives over the Rocky Mountains well before our first taste in the mountains of the Eastern U.S.
It would actually be a little odd if there wasn’t any snow out West in October. Storm systems become more frequent in mid-autumn, and intrusions of cold air, particularly at higher elevations, make snow an easy result.
by Jim Duncan