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Fall begins with snow/ice in Rockies and New England

Chilly weather arrived right on cue for the start fall in the Rockies and Northern New England. Unseasonably cool weather moved into the Northeast, and the temperature on top of Mt. Washington fell well below freezing with howling northwest winds that dropped the wind chill to near zero. Snow showers occurred overnight, and there was a visible build up of ice at the Observatory on the summit. Sustained winds reached 64 mph, with gusts as high as 74 mph.

Summit conditions as of 11:30 am on Mt. Washington. Click the image for the current conditions.

Snow in New England and the Rockies on the first full day of fall. Click to enlarge.

Snowflakes were flying above 8,000′ in the Colorado Rockies. Arapahoe Basin ski resort picked up enough snow to cover the ground by dawn. Chain laws were being enforced for trucks on Interstate 70 and the mountain passes. The precipitation was in the form of rain for the areas hit hard by the flooding a couple of weeks ago. The storm system did not bring enough rain to bring renewed flooding, and dry weather is in the forecast for the midweek.

Fred Campagna

President and Chief Meteorologist - Right Weather LLC AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist #756 AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist #126

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