Colorado’s first snow of the season for highest peaks expected Wednesday night

Time to dust off the skis. The first snow of the season is coming to Colorado’s northern mountains.

Some of Colorado’s highest peaks will get their first snows of the season on Wednesday night and into Thursday. While the snow will likely only fall at around 10,000 feet or above in the northern mountains, it should be enough that it’ll be visible for many come Thursday morning.

Jenn Fields, Denver PostNever Summer Mountain range as seen from Gore Range Overlook in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Snow accumulations are expected to be light and mainly confined to the Elkhead, Park and Medicine Bow Ranges. Some snow could also sneak closer to some of the I-70 mountains, in the northern Gore and Flat Top Ranges. Again, accumulations are expected to be light, and mainly confined to Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Parts of neighboring Utah and Wyoming saw their first snowfall on Tuesday morning, as a potent upper area of low pressure drew in enough cold air and moisture to dust the highest elevations.

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In particular, some of central and northern Wyoming’s mountains may end up with as much as 10 inches of snowfall by Thursday.

To be clear, this is typical, if not a bit later than usual. Normally, Colorado’s highest elevations will see their first snows in late August or the first week of September. The first fall fronts of the season will usually drag in enough cold air to bring a bit of snow to Colorado’s highest elevations.