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October off to a chilly beginning

Oct 3, 2017 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The first few days of October have been colder than normal, and local meteorologists say that trend will continue for the next couple of weeks.

Some areas in Fremont County got the first killing frost of the season, although many places appeared to have avoided it.

Snow fell in the Wind River Mountains in recent days, extending to the Lander foothills Sunday and Monday.

Isolated reports of snow flurries at lower elevations were made, but there was no accumulation.

Well below normal

On Sunday, the first day of the month, temperatures were between 34 and 54 degrees, well below the normal range of 38-65 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

There was even a trace of snowfall Sunday.

On Monday the official high at the NWS station near Riverton Regional Airport was 40 degrees, and the low was 31, again well below the normal range of 38-64 degrees.

There was more snowfall Monday, too, with .4 inch recorded for a total of .33 inch of precipitation.

Then, Tuesday dawned frosty due to a low temperature of 28 degrees overnight.

"Today was probably the coldest morning we should see," meteorologist Geri Swanson said Tuesday. "Today was really the coldest day we're expecting."

'A little frost'

There will be a slight reprieve for the rest of the week, she said, but Wednesday will still be "a little cold," with overnight temperatures dipping below 30 degrees.

Temperatures should stay above freezing Thursday through the weekend in the lower elevations, but by Monday the weather will be back below freezing: Monday's forecast low is 29 degrees.

"We might see a little frost then," Swanson said. "We were talking about how we need to get out and get our sprinklers down."

The high Tuesday will be in the low 50s, rising to the upper 50s later in the week with "maybe even a few spots hitting 60," Swanson continued.

"And it looks like Saturday will be in the mid-60s," she said. "Then it's a little cooler on Sunday. ... We're maxing out, it looks like, on Saturday."

The chance for precipitation in October is normal, she noted, forecasting a slight potential for rain Thursday night into Friday in the northern half of the state. The precipitation will fall in the form of snow in the mountains.

The average monthly precipitation for October is .89 inch in Riverton.

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The season's first significant snowfall accumulated Sunday and Monday in the Wind River Mountains. This view looks southwest from Riverview Road in Riverton. 								       Photo by Steve Peck

The season's first significant snowfall accumulated Sunday and Monday in the Wind River Mountains. This view looks southwest from Riverview Road in Riverton. Photo by Steve Peck


The season's first significant snowfall accumulated Sunday and Monday in the Wind River Mountains. This view looks southwest from Riverview Road in Riverton. 								       Photo by Steve Peck

The season's first significant snowfall accumulated Sunday and Monday in the Wind River Mountains. This view looks southwest from Riverview Road in Riverton. Photo by Steve Peck

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