First snowfall hits high peaks in Summit County

Snow on the east side of Buffalo Mountain this morning.
Alex Chase / Special to the Daily

Powderhounds were howling with joy this morning, as the first snow of the season landed on the higher peaks around Summit County Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

White tops formed overnight as a cold front moved into town from the northwest, combining with moisture in the area and bringing down some of the (real) fluffy stuff on peaks above 10,000 feet, including Buffalo Mountain in Silverthorne.

Snow appears on Buffalo Mountain in Silverthorne for the first time this season after an overnight cold front swept through the area, Thursday, Sept. 12.
Jefferson Geiger /

Meteorologist Joel Gratz of predicted a dusting of snow Wednesday night, and also predicted that it would quickly melt away by the afternoon as the early fall sun shines through a relatively clear sky.

Gratz forecasted mostly sunny and dry conditions through this upcoming weekend, with another dusting or flurry possible next Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 18-19, which may bring anything from a few flakes to a few inches on the ground.

Snow salutations! Our first snow of the year today ❄️?❄️ Happy to see frosty waking up from his long summer’s nap ? #KeystoneKickoff #SeizeTheSeason

Posted by Keystone Resort on Thursday, September 12, 2019
Photo by Summit Daily reader Nancy Reed. Send your photos to
Nancy Reed / Special to the Daily

Say hello to our first snow of the season❄️#SeizeTheSeason#Breck

Posted by Breckenridge Ski Resort on Thursday, September 12, 2019
Photo by Summit Daily reader Rick Sellers. Send your photos to
Rick Sellers / Special to the Daily
Keystone Resort saw a solid dusting of snow on Dercum Mountain.
Branden Smith / Courtesy Keystone Resort

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