September ends with first snowfall

Bulletin photo by Jennifer Burden

Johnson County residents woke up last Thursday to a blanket of snow, the first of the season.

Two to 6 inches of snow fell across the northern and central Bighorn Mountains on Thursday night, with snow accumulating in the lower elevations of Johnson County around Buffalo.

SNOTEL sites in the Bighorn Mountains registered 6 inches at the Little Goose SNOTEL and 4 inches at the Cloud Peak Reservoir SNOTEL. Nearer to Buffalo, volunteer weather observers reported 3 inches of snow.

The snow, however, was not enough to lift Buffalo to normal precipitation levels for the month. During September, Buffalo received 0.97 inches of precipitation, 0.34 inches less than normal.

Officially, the National Weather Service recorded the first freeze (32 degrees or lower) in Buffalo on Sept. 25. The average first freeze date is Sept. 19. In Kaycee, the first freeze occurred Sept. 26. The average first freeze date there is Sept. 16.

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