It’s one of the first signs that ski season is just around the corner, and it popped up in two different places on Monday.
Snowmaking started in two West Coast ski locations on Wednesday, one in Colorado and another in Arizona. Arapahoe Basin ski resort started their snowmaking process on Monday, while Snowbowl resort in northern Arizona began theirs on Sunday.
Snowbowl is scheduled to open on November 10th, while Arapahoe Basin typically doesn’t announce a start date until a day or two prior to opening, but it’ll likely take place in October, depending on weather conditions.
Overnight temperatures are plummeting into the 20s and 30s in high elevations across much of the West, all behind a deep trough of low pressure that’s brought an unusually deep and early chill for much of the western half of the country. The same system moves east this week, ending a streak of unusual warmth that’s kept much of the country on the hotter-than-average side for the last several days.
That said, after as much as 15 inches of natural snow fell in parts of Utah over the weekend, a calmer snow week is expected across much of the West as gradual warming and clearing takes place.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Featured photo credit: Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort