First snow of the season dusts Utah mountains on Labor Day

Posted at 7:33 AM, Sep 04, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY — Just as many Utahns were soaking in the last few weeks of summer, Mother Nature had a gentle...and snowy reminder that winter is right around the corner.

At resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, snow was seen falling in high mountain areas and although it may not be enough to ski on just yet, it's an early start to the winter season.

Solitude Mountain Resort reported their first snow of the season was seen accumulating at roughly 10,035 feet on Monday morning. They say the ski resort is still aiming to open on November 17, but may be able to open early, like last year, conditions permitting.
Snowbird also sounded off online, saying "remain calm: it's happening" with a photo of a light layer of snow at Hidden Peak.

A photo captured at Bald Mountain Pass in the High Uintas shows the ground dusted with snow as many woke up to enjoy their Labor Day holiday. Just a few hours later, even more snow covered the ground in the area.

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Not very much snow fell in the area...just enough to remind you that summer is over and much colder conditions are ahead.

You may be jumping for joy thinking about long days of skiing ahead or the mention of snow may have you groaning.

Either way, snow is coming. Perhaps sooner than we think.

Although Labor Day conditions are deceivingly fall-like, Utah's Weather Authority says it's due to a cold storm that's moving through Utah, bringing rain in the valleys and just a little snow in areas of very high elevation.

Don't fret - you still have a little longer to enjoy wearing shorts and sandals. Temperatures are expected to warm up later this week and conditions will dry out.