The first snow of the season was recorded in Utah on Labor Day as millions across the US experienced record heat
Snowbird, Utah – While millions spent Labor Day at the beach, freshly fallen snow covered mountains in Utah over the weekend, giving a taste of winter.
Snowbird Mountain Resort in Utah shared photos of fresh powder Monday, the first of the ski resort’s fall season. Utah Department of Transportation cameras also recorded wintry weather at Bald Mountain Pass.
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And meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City said winter-like conditions could be found on Labor Day at altitudes above 10,000 feet.
While the highlands saw snow in Utah, areas in the southwest saw flooding due to monsoon rains over the weekend. Portions of US Highway 6 in Carbon County, Utah, have been closed after floods washed away part of the road. Repairs are underway on Tuesday to reopen the highway.
Sarah Sherman, Snowbird’s director of communications, said no early snow totals were recorded at the resort, but estimated that just over an inch of new snow fell at Hidden Peak, Snowbird’s 11,000-foot peak.
“The new snow has now melted, but it was an exciting reminder that winter is just around the corner,” Sherman said. “There are still patches of snow on the mountain compared to last season’s record 838 inches.”
Snowbird Slopes closed June 18 for the 2022-23 season.
With new snowfall, Snowbird hasn’t announced when the 2023-24 winter ski season will open. That usually happens between mid- and late-November, Sherman said, depending on the snowfall.
The early snow comes as many parts of the United States are seeing record temperatures, including the upper Midwest, Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Texas. Heat warnings have been issued to more than 68 million people nationwide.