A cold front is likely to turn into the first substantial snowfall of the season next week across the Northern Rocky Mountains, including in Teton County.
According to an AccuWeather story, snow is likely in Jackson Hole between Oct. 11 and 14. The snowstorm that will probably hit the area next week is also expected to cover parts of Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.
That snowfall is typical this time of year, said Brett McDonald, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Riverton.
“It’s very expected and typical to happen,” he said. “October is a big transition month. You go really quickly from summer to fall to winter, and October usually is that month when you see mixed conditions.”
McDonald was careful to estimate the exact timing of the storm, but he did say the valley would likely be covered with snow by the time it was over.
“Based upon our forecast right now for Teton County,” he said, “there’s potential for 1-to-3 inches on the valley floor and 4-to-6 inches in the mountains by Wednesday morning.”
According to AccuWeather’s Town of Jackson page, there is a call for showers of rain and snow Monday and Wednesday, morning snow on Tuesday and a possible snow shower Thursday. High temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s next week with lows between 17 and 30 degrees.
With snow coming, many people’s minds are turning toward the winter ski season, which is less than two months away.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opens for winter operations on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, and Snow King Mountain Resort is set to open for the season on Dec. 4. As the Jackson Hole News&Guide has covered, Snow King will have a new and improved look when it opens with a 155-acre addition, more beginner runs and a new lift.