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Colorado: Fall to Winter

16 Sep 2017, 3:17 pm

Winter makes a quick return in the Colorado high country Saturday morning with a light dusting of snow. Rocky Mountain National Park, located just west of Estes Park, CO, is no stranger to the rapidly changing weather conditions that the alpine tundra endures. It isn’t uncommon to see snow all months of the year at an altitude reaching about 10,000 feet, but this mid-September snowfall indicates that winter is just around the corner. Colorado’s unique mountain weather sees a clash of seasons during the month of September, as the aspen trees turn from green to a brilliant gold just before the Autumn Equinox.

They don’t call it “Colorful Colorado” for no reason, fall is the perfect time of year to experience all four seasons with one drive. You’ll experience warm sunshine in the lower mountain valleys, brilliant fall colors on the mountainsides, and snowcapped mountains reaching up to 14,000 feet.

However, the top of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is soon to close for the season as winter locks the roads impassable. The summer warmth only allows the Alpine Visitor Center at the top of R.M.N.P. to remain open from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day. Although, parts the road to the top were closed for a short time Saturday morning due to icy conditions. For the latest information on road and weather conditions in the park, you can call (970)-586-1222.

For WeatherNationJosh Cozart

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