First snow of the season falls at some Cascade ski resorts!
SEATTLE -- There has been quite a bit of good news for skiers lately. First, the inaugural snow has already fallen!
Stevens Pass reported a dusting of snow up on its higher runs as seen from this excited tweet:
Alpental at Summit at Snoqualmie also checked in with its first snow:
As did Crystal Mountain:
Even more snow was forecast to fall at higher elevations. A Winter Storm Watch -- issued even though it's still technically summer! -- was in effect for Chinook Pass and the area around Paradise Ranger Station at Mt. Rainier for a while earlier Monday (it has since been canceled).
(Snoqualmie and Stevens Passes are fine and bare and wet -- too early for snow issues there.)
In the lowlands, the low snow levels translate into some of the coolest weather we've had since May. Two weeks ago, Seattle had high of 88 with a low of 65. Monday's highs were barely going to struggle to reach 60.
But the snow is just the icing on the cake of the sweet news from last week that La Nina was now forecast to return this fall and winter.
La Nina winters tend to be cooler and wetter than normal, and frequently led to above average mountain snowpacks and good ski seasons. It's not a slam dunk, but the odds are certainly favorable!