A Tale of Two Climates: West Sees Snow and Emerging Heatwave


Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado saw snowfall over the past couple of days, while surrounding areas in the West our experiencing rising heat as another potentially record-breaking heatwave emerges through Labor Day.

Snowfall for Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado

From 3 PM on Sunday afternoon, Denver saw its temperature plummet from 91 degrees to just 46 degrees by 5 AM Monday, and by night time, snow was falling in Colorado’s high country, KENS5 and the Denver Channel reported.

It’s the coldest air Denver has seen in 71 days as the area spent its hottest August on record. Loveland ski area got a light dusting marking the first snowfall of the season, as more dusting was expected for Tuesday evening. The resort will begin making snow in about 31 days and hopes to open in mid-late October

Summer snow also fell over parts of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming amid freezing temperatures in the region. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a hazardous weather alert for freezing conditions, Fox 35 reported.

On the last day of August, temperatures dipped down into the 30s, and highs only reached the 60s and 70s the following day.

As temperatures dipped down into the upper 30s, snow fell over Teton Pass taking hazardous driving conditions which eventually led to a traffic-blocking crash, KTVB 7 reported.

The Farmers’ Almanac recently predicted that the winter of 2020-2021 could be brutally cold and snowy for much of the nation. With the cold weather already starting, people in northern climates should already be shopping for body wash cream for dry skin, as well as lotions to begin protecting your skin now.

Looking ahead, parts of the region were expected to see lows in the 40s on Wednesday, as well as on Labor Day.

Potentially record-setting heat wave emerging for the West

The west is already heating up as a number of heat alerts were issued on Wednesday. The high temperatures are expected to continue, as California, Arizona, and Nevada could see a record-breaking heatwave take shape over the Labor Day weekend, NBC reported.

“High pressure building in the west will contribute to temperatures being 15-20 degrees above average for much of Oregon by Thursday,” the National Weather Service said in a statement on Tuesday. “This has potential to be a very dangerous heat wave.”

This is some potentially bad news for already overextended firefighters throughout California.

Another danger for California is the possibility of rolling blackouts if the power grid becomes overloaded as residents try to keep cool in the excessive heat.

Heat alerts for Wednesday

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a number of heat alerts for Wednesday.

Excessive heat watch: California; southern Nevada; northern, northwestern, central, western, southwestern and southeastern Arizona.

Heat advisory: southwest Oregon, northern California; northern and central Nevada; southeast and southern Texas; northern, west-central and southwestern Louisiana; west central Florida; northeastern South Carolina; southeastern, central and eastern North Carolina.